Henriques & Henriques: Descendants of kings

  Next time we visit Madeira we already know where to look for residence. Câmara de Lobos is such a wonderfully located village with a friendly small town feeling to it, nice restaurants, breathtaking view, vicinity to Funchal and oh…

H.M. Borges – still a desert island wine?

  A cascade of orange peel, sugar cane, nutmeg, vanilla and old casks fills the glass. It’s so complex and sublime you just want to sit there for an hour an savor the bouquet. – We bottled this in celebration…

Big is beautiful: presenting Madeira Wine Company

  – Please, may I hold her? There’s no doubt about our two daughter’s popularity amongst the lovely employee’s at the Blandy’s Lodge in Avendia Arriaga. Nor is there any questions concerning our own urge to visit the lodge again,…

It’s old. It’s divine. It’s d’Oliveiras!

– People are afraid, Luís says, when we’re standing in the entrance. Outside the rain is pouring down and has done so for several hours. Our taxi is delayed not only due to the weather but just as well because…

Welcome to Madeira!

  Don’t ask me why I bought it. I have no idea even though I suspect some fascination concerning the label saying Vintage 1940 was involved. It was the Sercial from Justino’s and the amount I paid was way over…

The last Bastardo

Admit it – Bastardo sounds more interesting than Trousseau. Unfortunately the growers on the island of Madeira disagrees and today the grape is more or less extinct. You will find a plant at Rua dos Ferreiros 109 when you stand…

A great day and an even greater finale!

A glass of the most charming 10 years old Malmsey from H.M. Borges – what better way can one enjoy the sunset over Funchal with Cabo Girão in the background! A truly beautiful day, again, and I thank our luck…

H.M. Borges – a teaser

  Standing in front of the H.M. Borges building on Rua 31 de Janeiro it doesn’t reveal much of what’s inside the old flour mill. But behind the walls and the shop with its lovely tasting room you will find…

Big is beautiful!

Perhaps a misguiding headline some might think, but being the biggest producer on the island comes with responsibility and no one can say Madeira Wine Company doesn’t lead the way with grandeur! It is easy to fall in love with…

O divino – AQUI TÃO PERTO

  O divino – AQUI TÃO PERTO. Mr. Luís d’Oliveira shows me the article in December 2009’s issue of Wine – a Portuguese Wine Magazine. As close to heaven as you can get. Yesterday I was close to heaven when…

Pastéis de Nata meets Tinta Negra Mole

Pastéis de Nata – or if you’re in Lisboa – Pastéis de Belém, is a Portuguese custard cake to die for! When served lukewarm and sprinkled with cinnamon it’s truly divine together with an espresso – or when wine is…

Artur Barros e Sousa – a true handcraft

You know the phrase – ” A picture is worth a thousand words.” If I had to pick just one to describe the handcraft expressed in everything Artur and Edmundo stands for it would have to be this one! Dust,…

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