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…

2013; An Odyssey From A-Z

  Originally published on Wine Virtuosity but since Madeira is an essential part of my list, it’s published here as well.   It’s twenty years ago now and I still remember the 1990 Bordeaux tasting as if it was yesterday….

Vinhos Barbeito; 1992 Verdelho Frasqueira

  A new Madeira wine release and I’m like a child on Christmas eve! Especially if it’s a Verdelho…. In August 2013 Ricardo Diogo, at Vinhos Barbeito, bottled the 1992 Verdelho Frasqueira. Aged for only 21 years in cask, you…

Images of Madeira

  To all of you dreaming of traveling to Madeira, perhaps revisiting the island or living there; some new images of Madeira! Scenery photos, city images or just details from the everyday life in Madeira. Enjoy. A great way to…

Madeira Images

  Can’t have too a many photos from Madeira, right? Here’s a few more from around the island in October. Mercado dos Lavradores, the workers’ market in Funchal. A producer few knows about, J. Faria & Filhos Lda. Not sunshine…

Artur & Edmundo Olim; Thank You For Everything

  It all started with Dr Pedro Jose Lomelino setting up the company for Artur de Barros e Sousa in the beginning of the 1920’s. It all ends, 91 years later with Artur and Edmundo Olim, the fourth generation. Artur Barros…

Mad About Madeira Categorized

  At the start you don’t give it any particular notice. The excitement of writing kind of takes over. But then after a while you realize it’s one big mess everything, the categories, and there are no real pattern in…

Madeira Images & 1984 D’Oliveiras Boal Colheita

  Ok, here goes. More great images from Madeira in October. And a tasting note on a great affordable Boal in the end. Enjoy! Ponta de São Lourenço Funchal sea front Monte cable car Fog, mountains. Magical Madeira.  Fish market…

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