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Tag Archives: Madeira

A Beginner’s Guide to Madeira Wine

Did you know that Madeira was poured during Thomas Jefferson’s toast at the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, or that it was savored at the inauguration of George Washington shortly thereafter? At one time, Madeira was so ubiquitous that it perfumed ladies’ handkerchieves; was given to military personnel for service of […]

Friday Feature Photo: The Extraterrestrial Landscape of Portugal

Photographer: Ryan Opaz Capture Date: July 21, 2015 Location: Pico do Arieiro, Portugal About: There’s a reason why people fawn over Pico do Arieiro, Portugal’s third highest mountain…it’s absolutely breathtaking. Your mind wonders to alien planets where laws of gravity don’t seem to apply. It’s just you, the red rocky terrain and […]

12 Top Tips to Visiting Madeira

You know that ever-so-frequent moment when your mind starts drifts to a tropical island filled with swaying palm trees, soaring cliffs and vine covered mountains? That place where you conjure up an afternoon of gratuitous lounging, filled with copious amounts of wine and food while listening to soft island tunes in the background? […]

Interview with Nelson Carvalheiro: Award Winning Portuguese Travel Writer

Editor’s Note: Today we’re heading off the beaten path to introduce Nelson Carvalheiro, an award winning Portuguese travel and photo blogger who’s been garnering heaps of attention for his dynamic and passionate tales. We, however, are more interested in what causes saudades (homesickness) when he’s thousands of miles from home.  What instigated your desire to […]

Portugal Offers ‘Best Value’ in UK Supermarkets

Of course we want the BEST wine. But let’s be honest, we don’t mean the ‘best’ like Magnus Carlsen is the Best Chess player in the World, or Noma is the Best Restaurant in the World. What we really mean is something more like: “I want the wine that will […]

Friday Feature Photo: Breathtaking Views from Cabo Girao, Madeira

Photographer: Florette Hill Capture Date: February 27, 2011 Location: Cabo Girao, Madeira, Portugal About: Florette took this photo during a stopover in Funchal (Madeira) while cruising on the Costa Concordia – the very same Costa Concordia that sank off the coast of Italy in 2012. Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago located in the north […]

Madeira: The Multifunctional Dessert Wine

I’m a huge fan of just about anything that’s multifunctional. Collapsible dining tables – you complete me. Storage stools – you steal my heart. Ovenproof skillets – I have the hots for you. Sarongs you can wear as a skirt, a dress, a shawl – oh, I can hardly contain […]

Off the beaten track in Porto – Simplesmente Vinho

What do you call a group of small, artisan wine producers at a tasting? If you’re in France or Italy, the “natural wine” moniker might well rear its head. The suggestion being that these are winemakers who eschew overtly industrial production methods, intervene less and attempt above all else to express their terroir. […]