Madeira Photos – Part Two

  More images from Madeira at the end of October. Autumn is coming although it’s different from how we Northern people define the season. Photos clickable. Enjoy the beauty of Madeira. Time for some well deserved sleep. See you in…

1987, Mullet Haircuts, ABSL & Sercial

  Mullet head, don’t touch the back. Cut the sides, don’t touch the back* 1987. Single release of No Sleep till Brooklyn. I loved that song. Still do. I was 15 years old and, I guess, like any kid in…

D’Oliveiras 1988 Terrantez – A Great Colheita

  For some reason I haven’t written a word about it. The gorgeous 1988 Terrantez Colheita from d’Oliveiras. No, I’m not that kind of guy who keeps the grains of gold for myself; why write a site entirely dedicated to…

Madeira Vintners; Identifying A Native Yeast

  “This year we relied in native yeast and the fermentation went very well, except for the very first ones that took between two and three weeks to start. But has the first ones started the subsequent are quite quick….

The resurrection of Listrão?

  Madeira wine is not restricted merely to the island itself. Grapes are also cultivated on the island of Porto Santo. Located northeast of Madeira, Porto Santo differs a lot compared to the main island, climate wise and also soil…

Madeira Vintners

  Six months ago I met Paulo Mendes. In Avignon. For two days we tasted a lot of Rhône wines together, had some excellent local cuisine, talked wine and all that surrounds it. Sorting tables, shapes of the casks, age…

2011 Malvasia Harvest In São Jorge

  I realize I’m in possession of so many photographs and movies from Madeira, that I tend to forget them. Here’s one I found, from September 2011 and the Malvasia harvest in São Jorge, at the beautiful Quinta do Furão,…

Leacock’s; 1860 Sercial Solera

  I’m a great fan of old Madeira Soleras. They often possess an unbeatable elegance which of course compensates for less intensity and concentration found in the vintage wines. Elegance. I use this word a lot. I’m well aware of…

Very Old Verdelho From Artur Barros e Sousa Lda

  They’re now named Muito Velho. The Extra Reservas that is -the oldest wines in the portfolio of Artur Barros e Sousa Lda (ABSL). Upon asking how old, Edmundo Olím honestly says he has no idea. They’re old. More than 50…

Cossart Gordon – 1973 & 1975 Verdelho

  Is it fair to compare? I mean, as is the case with this article, taste two wines next to each other in order to understand differences. Isn’t there a risk you find a favorite – and although the less…

Midsummer’s Eve & Sercial; A Perfect Pairing.

Sweden and Midsummer. Pagan rituals adapted for the modern citizen.  Culinary delicacies from the sea. BBQ in the evening. The decorated Maypole is raised. Songs and dancing. Right, we drink aquavit as well. For some Midsummer is the highlight of the…

Friends, Coming Home & An 1890 Verdelho

A week has passed since the winners in the Wine Blog Awards were announced. One week. Time to put an end to the mourning period, wipe off the tears and accept the fact the world wasn’t fully ready yet to…

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