Madeira wine

Press the Permalink in the right corner to read entire blog. Madeira wine is named after the island of Madeira, most people know that. For the rest, the majority of people have no idea regarding the island or the wine. Madeira wine is something special, perhaps better suited for the more experienced wine drinkers, but there are certainly taste similarities between Madeira and Sherry and in the seventies of the last century half of the Netherlands was very much into Sherry, so in this context I would mainly say unknown , makes unloved. In the capital city of Funchal, the Blandy’s building enters easily. The barrels are maturing here and during the tour you step right into history. The building must have looked the same at the foundation of the company in 1811 and the current company is now run by the seventh generation of the Blandy family. It gave me a deep sense of respect and awe. Apart from the special taste of Madeira wine in general, there are two things that make Madeira completely different from other wines. Firstly, the volcanic soil that gives all Madeira wine a distinctive acidity and is also at the basis of its development potential. 30, 40 & 50-year-old Madeira wines are still very wavailable and still unprecedentedly lively and complex. The second special featur is that there are four different levels of sweetness: from dry: Sercial to medium dry: Verdeho to medium sweet: Bual to sweet: Malmsey. A dry Madeira is not nearly as pronounced marine and iodine-like as a Manzanilla sherry, which I find a small party every time I drink a good one, but which I also remember I could not imagine I would ever like when I took a first sip of it 15 odd years ago. Madeira is much more accessible and offers something for everyone in terms of taste, without affecting its own character. The island is worth a visit just for the Madeira wine, its history and its wide range of flavors, and don’t forget to step in to Blandy’s. www.blandys.com

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