14 Facts About Madeira wine


Islands of Madeira have a long winemaking history, dating back to the Age of Exploration when Madeira was a standard port of call for ships heading to the New World or East Indies.

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Today, Madeira is noted for its unique winemaking process which involves oxidizing the wine through heat and ageing.

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Roots of Madeira's wine industry date back to the Age of Exploration, when Madeira was a regular port of call for ships travelling to the East Indies.

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The earliest examples of Madeira wine were unfortified and had the habit of spoiling at sea.

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The Madeira wine's popularity extended from the American colonies and Brazil in the New World to Great Britain, Russia, and Northern Africa.

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Madeira wine was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson, and it was used to toast the Declaration of Independence.

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On one occasion, Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, of the great quantities of Madeira wine he consumed while a Massachusetts delegate to the Continental Congress.

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Island of Madeira wine has an oceanic climate with some tropical influences.

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Much of the characteristic flavour of Madeira is due to this practice, which hastens the mellowing of the wine and tends to check secondary fermentation in as much as it is, in effect, a mild kind of pasteurization.

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Furthermore, the Madeira wine is deliberately exposed to air, causing it to oxidize.

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Wine tasters sometimes describe a Madeira wine which has been exposed to excessive heat during its storage as being cooked or maderized.

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Rather than dump the wines, the merchants tried to pass it off as a "new style" of Madeira and were surprised at its popularity among the Americans.

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Madeira wine has a very high acidity, it can be paired with any food, even citrus or balsamic.

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Madeira wine is commonly used in tournedos Rossini and sauce madere .

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