Category: Producers

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…

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: 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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