Madeira Part 2

So in the previous piece I kicked off our study of Madeira by getting across its history and how the wines are made, so to round it all out, I’ll go into where exactly the island is, the grape varieties used in the wines, and the different styles of wine made here. So let’s get into…

Madeira Part 1

Did you know that it wasn’t Champagne, Burgundy or Bordeaux that was used to toast the signing of the American Constitution in 1765, but the now little-known wines of Madeira? Now many of you have probably heard of this wine (usually as an ingredient in Madeira cake), but many have never seen or tried it….

Dão, Portugal

I decided to write this piece after I was given a glass of red wine to try blind by a friend. I picked the wine as Old World from the refreshing acid, though Mediterranean due to the rich fruit aromas, and the rusticity of the wine pointed more to Spain or Italy. The quality of…

Vinho Verde, Portugal

As we swelter away across the country through one of the hottest few weeks on record, I thought I would bring you a piece that would transport you to a far away green, lush land that is famous for a wine tailor-made for stinking hot summer evenings; the partially frizzante, light, low alcohol, crunchy and…

Douro Valley, Portugal

As the weather cools, I thought it pertinent to focus this week’s piece on the ultimate winter warmer wine; Port. Port can only come from the Douro region of Portugal, a baking hot series of steep vineyards that sit directly over the Douro River (which is known as the Duero River where it originated in…