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…

Steal of the week – the 1968 D’Oliveiras Boal

  If you haven’t bumped into them yet – now is the time! Belgium Wine Watchers selection of old and mature wines are incredible and many of the bottles are most reasonably priced as well. For the Madeira aficionado the…

Debra Meiburg MW talks Madeira!

  There’s no doubt the Madeira wine are worthy of more attention than it gets. That’s why it’s so pleasing to read Debra Meiburg’s piece on the subject – Mind your Madeira: Exploring “America’s Fortified Wine” Click here to read…

When a bottle is old….

  it’s like this – the three part moulded bottle! According to the Madeira Wine Guide it was produced  in the period of 1830-1870 by blowing the molten glass into a mold and thereby shaping the outside of the glass…

H.M. Borges 10 Years Old Malmsey

  How often haven’t you noticed that the wine you had on your vacation tasted much better than the ones you carried with you home? Sure, we have to add the vacation factor which seems to blur our minds but…

It’s all about the bottling year!

  Tasting wine is subjective. That we all know. Even if tasters with different preferences and background can find a common denominator in a wine, it’s still makes sense that one who is following critic’s notes are aware of their…

A Madeiran Riesling!

Although one of the world’s most unique wines originates from the island it’s a fact that the Madeirenses mostly consume table wines. The fortified wines are not an everyday drink – instead the island inhabitants import a substantial amount of…

Cask 44a – again, again and again!

Stuck on the repeat button you think? How many times will he write about the 2000 Malvasia Cask 44a? I know, I should keep my hands off the Malvasia for a while and save some of those precious bottles for…

The Madeira Collection

I am mad about Madeira. One bottle and I was stuck; the 1940 Sercial from Justino’s did the job. For Bert Jeuris, a Belgian based wine importer, the eye-opener was the D’Oliveiras Boal 1968. Before tasting the D’Oliveira family’s lovely…

Madeira is back – at least in UK!

British Telegraph reports that Madeira has had something of a resurrection in the country and that sales are rocketing! Waitrose increased their sale with 20 per cent last 12 months and reports from other retailers are similar.     For…

Fajã dos Padres

  “A fall of water, of one shallow, and two deep stages, descends the whole depth of the western end of the cliff, which adjoins the Fazenda dos Padres (sic), perhaps the finest malmsey plantation in the island, and created…

Vasco Luis Pereira – Saint Peter

In reality I knew this wasn’t a hidden treasure standing in front of me, but at EUR 17 I couldn’t resist picking up a bottle. We passed by the charming but peculiar shop in Rua João de Deus more or…

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