Today I am only mad….

Dear reader. Today I am only mad. First this weekend’s disappointment; a cork tainted Buisson Renard and then today when needing a spontaneous Madeira gift buy, I realized what a depressing lack of Madeira assortment we have in Sweden. I…

5 quick ones to Mannie Berk!

  There are newsletters and there are newsletters. Most of them I quickly look at before they end up in the trash can, but then there’s the one sent out by Mannie Berk, the founder of The Rare Wine Co….

Contempt of death – anyone?

  At Seixal up north – halfway between São Vicente and Porto Moniz, where it seemed to rain every time we visited, there are some vineyards you have to see before you believe they actually exist! It takes a lot…

A closer look at Campo Experimental

  My meeting with Engº. Magalhães at Campo Experimental outside of Calheta, has already been handled here. But one can never publish too many photographs so here comes a walkthrough the Campo – in pictures! Normally you would probably be…

Pereira d’Oliveira 15 Years Old Meio Seco

In a perfect world the only Madeira I’m having is the Frasqueira’s; Vintage Madeira. Reality however doesn’t look like that and although the Colheita’s makes it easier for my wallet – and less explaining needed to my wife – it’s…

A Madeira scent: sugar cane!

  Have you ever wondered about the wine vocabulary used to describe bouquet and palate; expressions that makes you curious how on earth the taster acquired that specific reference? Cultural differences and your geographical location probably contributes to differing tasting…

5 quick ones to Richard Mayson!

  Everybody; who hasn’t consulted one of Richard Mayson’s works on the Port and the Douro wines raise a hand! Richard’s knowledge on Douro is possessed by dew and just as skilful is his way of making it all a…

5 quick ones to Roy Hersh!

  Friends of especially Port and Madeira have Roy Hersh to thank for several reasons. Not only does he provide us with a place to hang and discuss with like-minded at For The Love Of Port, delivers monthly newsletters with…

Blandy’s 1976 Bual Vintage

  Cossart Gordon – a classic brand in Madeira. Today a part of Madeira Wine Company (MWC) but it was actually the last,in 1953, to join the giant merger of producers that MWC actually is. I have, since first introduced…

5 quick ones to Bartholomew Broadbent

Bartholomew Broadbent is without doubt not only one of America’s most acknowledged authorities on Madeira; he’s as well one of the world’s most experienced and knowledged within the field. In 1996 Bartholomew founded his own company, Broadbent Selections, Inc., specialising…

Soon on Mad about Madeira – 5 quick ones!

  Starting tomorrow you will find a new feature on my Madeira blog – 5 quick ones which simply are five questions I have addressed to some of the most well known names associated with Madeira wine – be it…

H.M. Borges 1940 Solera

  A few years ago I had the luck to purchase some discounted bottles of the Veiga França 1940 Reserva Solera, a producer not existing anymore. Veiga França went out of trade during the 1990’s I believe – and their…

Who’s checking out Mad about Madeira regularly?

  Keeping a blog that solely handles Madeira demands some mental activity. Not only is the subject as narrow as it possibly can be – the Madeira cognoscente around the world are not that many either. Think about it; in…

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