Madeira Wine

Madeira is named after the island in Portugal where this unique wine is produced. It was discovered by a Portuguese explorer named Gonsalves Zarco, who was blown off course en route to West Africa. While resting on the smaller island he called Porto Santo, he could see another island through the mist and set off to check it out. This gorgeous island was so lush and covered with trees that he named it “Madeira,” which is Portuguese for “wood.”

Once the island was colonized and the land was cleared of many of the trees, the cultivation of sugarcane (from Sicily) began, as well as that of Malvasia grapes (from Cyprus). But because the Portuguese colony of Brazil was already profiting so well from the sugar industry, and making it  finer and cheaper than Madeiran product, the focus turned to wine production. Since Madeira is perfectly positioned within the Atlantic shipping lanes to be a natural port of call for ships on their way to and from the Americas or Africa and Asia Read more »

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  • Terrantez

  • Verdelho

    History of the grape: Verdelho has existed on the island of Madeira in Portugal at least as far back as the 15th cent...

  • Bual

    Bual (or Boal) is a grape variety used in Madeira production. It is the second sweetest of the four noble Madeira gra...

  • Malmsey

    History of the grape: Malvasia is one of those rabbit-like vines that likes to procreate, often spontaneously. For th...

  • Sercial

    Serial Madeira 

  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

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  • Blandy's Madeira - (Grupo Symington)

    The Blandys are unique in being the only family of all the original founders of the Madeira wi...

  • Vinhos Barbeito

    Vinhos Barbeito was founded in 1946 by Mario Barbeito de Vasconcelos and has since then always be...

  • Blandy's

    The Blandys are unique in being the only family of all the original founders of the Madeira wine ...

  • Broadbent Port

    "Broadbent Selections Inc. prides itself in representing some of the finest small family owned wi...

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Madeira on Snooth

  • Sorry, I didn't even bother to look at their virtual tasting particulars. ... and port and madeira in specific contexts, sometimes at home but more out with others, while I tended to drink sauternes more at home. d'Yquem was for special occasions with company at home or out, and Suduiraut was my preferred regular with Filhot the backup quaffer.... Read More

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  • Classified growth claret and tete de cuvee champers from the major houses would ... Also plenty of port and some Madeira after dinner. Maybe still some Rhein & Mosel whites, though those were more popular in the previous century.  How about cocktails?Are you writing fiction, or non-fiction? And what class/type of individuals, conservative or av... Read More

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  • Alan, you appear to be working on an interesting project, and you have posed an ... these two makers.The Port/Madeira suggestion is good.  I might also suggest Sherry.  I have no suggetions on label Read More

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  • OK, we're going to get into some difficulties determining the difference ... ... How about sherry and madeira and port and other fortifieds?OT, you're obviously just a stick-in-the-mud Sonoma boy and not a truly modern Urban Man. Though I, too, despise kani-kamaboko (crab fishcake), which is the Japanese origin of the fake crab that seems to ... Read More

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  • Stephen, your original post at top of this thread brings up a number of ... ... down in S.A.? And Port and Madeira? And....  ;-)Then there're the '70s reds from Napa, and then batches of '80s and '90s from Napa and Sonoma and even Monterey.What are the dream wines from Oz? Tucked away, just waiting for us, in the Cheval Blanc cellars: And here... Read More

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  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true ... Henriques & Henriques Madeira Boal - Portugal, MadeiraOff to the dessert room at Bern's. Another futile attempt at the menu so I deferred to the server who recommended this Madeira. Nutty, burnt caramel, some lacquer and charred oak. Creamy, ripe banana, orange oil, loads ... Read More

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  • Posted back in January about a Marks & Spencer Burgundy white that was both ... ... to buy a lot of port and madeira that was bottled and labeled by Harrod's, some of it exceptional. Obviously this practice has been common for many years. Easy to spot if you're aware of i Read More

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  • Not sure the reds would be ideal with the foie gras. If you can, try a Riesling ... sounds suitable for the Madeir Read More

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  • I'm looking for two wine suggestions for a dinner soon. First off, ... ... Tinta Negra Colheita, Madeira, a Red Grenache, LA VINYETA SERENO 2009 Are any of these two wines suit... Read More

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  • I drink more (fino) sherry as an aperitif than any other type. Have no problem ...  :-)  Drink more madeira, port, botrytised german, sauternes/barsac and tokaji (perhaps in that order) than sherry for dessert. Sweet sherry, marsala, vin santo, Canadian icewine, Banyuls, etc. all fall into the 'other' category for me at dessert. And I usually ... Read More

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