A New Winery Is Born – A Sneak Preview

  Last year, the new producer Madeira Vintners used their facilities and winery for the first time. Few have visited so here’s a sneak preview of the interior, exterior and inventory. For the bottled wines you still have to show…

Images From ViniPortugal In Stockholm

  Among all wine events visiting Stockholm throughout the year, the Wines of Portugal day, arranged by ViniPortugal, are often one of the best. The 2014 version was not only yet a well organized journey through Portuguese wines, it was…

Caracol, Listrão & Madeira Vintners

  It’s delicious to eat, the Listrão, but now I am about to taste my first young vinified version of it. And what adds extra excitement, is the fact that next to the Listrão there’s a Caracol. Porto Santo re-enters…

Pairing Madeira & Food At Chalet Vicente

  Generous chunks of polvo – squid that is – marinated in vinegar together with raw vegetables and parsley. Not pickled, more the gentle acidity of a nice vinegar. For aesthetic reasons, serve it in a hollowed out cabbage head….

Vinhos Barbeito – Single Cask 409 C

  Yes, it’s a Tinta Negra. And yes, it’s absolutely brilliant! The 1996 Single Cask 409 C is one of those wines that everyone with prejudiced Tinta Negra thoughts should taste. Well, the rest of us should have it as…

Photo Of The Day: More Tinta Negra

  “There is also a small black Burgundy grape called Negra Mole which produces a wine called Tinta, formerly a type of Madeira but now chiefly used for blending.” About Tinta Negra there is little nice to be said, seemed…

Verdelho From Terras Do Avô

  “They’re too expensive.” “Madeira lacks optimal conditions for table wine production.” “Nobody wants to buy them.” “We need the Verdelho for the fortified wines.” Those are some of the comments I’ve heard when discussing the island’s table wines with…

Photo of the day: Tinta Negra

  When reading about Madeira in the wine literature, you’ll most likely notice the use of the name Tinta Negra Mole. If the grape, which stands for up to 85% of the vineyard cultivations on the island, is the same…

Photo Of The Day: Bual

  2012 is considered a very fine vintage for most grape varieties in Madeira. In general 2013 was a more difficult year and yet I’ve heard more than one producer indicate that last year resulted in superior grapes. A more…

Madeira 2014; First Trip Of The Year

  By now I’ve probably lost the count. That is, how many times I’ve visited Madeira. There’s only one thing I’m sure about – I need to go more often. Going to Madeira in January is like buying a lottery…

The Fortification Process – Facts & Thoughts

  Vinic alcohol. That is, neutral spirit with no characteristics besides the 95.6 percent alcohol by volume content. Used in Madeira to arrest the fermentation. The alcohol is purified by repeated distillation and vinic alcohol simply means that it derives…

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