Category: Production Methods

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…

H.M. Borges – A Sercial Quartet

Over the years I’ve conducted a lot of tastings. Those I most clearly remember are not the ones involving the great names and vintages, but the occasions where the participants has left the tasting in a vision like mode. When…

Blandy’s; 1826 Boal Solera

“Amber brown; bouquet like horses’ pee – fabulous!; full, rich, tangy.” April 1993 **** In princip, I find tasting notes quite boring. A wine is so much more than a stereotype note telling you how it smells and tastes. But…

Vinhos Barbeito; Robotic Lagar Trodden Wines

There’s nothing like a human treading team. Foot treading guarantees that the grapes are crushed gently and doesn’t release any bitter substances in the must. A human foot is not likely to crush the pips in other words. But what if…

Maderized Wine

What does it mean, to connote? Basically, you have a word and in addition to its primary meaning you add or suggest an associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression. A connotation can be both positive and negative….

Madeira 2012; A Photographic Report – Part 4

Mad about Madeira continues promoting the island in a broader perspective. Here’s the last one of four photographic reports. If you like the content, I invite you to visit and like the site’s Facebook page as well. Again, it is…

Madeira 2012; A Photographic Report – Part 3

My main purpose with Mad about Madeira is to enthuse. To make you curious, wanting to taste something that might be new to you. Or even visit the island. And a wine site without photographies….how boring isn’t that? Please continue…

Madeira 2012; A Photographic Report – Part 2

600 photographs later, lots of new impressions, knowledge and wines tasted, Mad about Madeira have all the prerequisites to continue yet a year. Regular visits is a must and I can’t thank the producers enough for their time and generosity….

Justino’s 1999 Colheita

  Madeira rocks my world. There’s nothing like it. I guess, if you’re reading here, you have also discovered the greatness of a Madeira wine. Sadly, we’re few. So please, help me spreading the word about the world’s greatest and…

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