“[W]hen of the best kind, a most delicious wine.” An historic 19th century Malvasia Madeira tasting


Sounds amazing!

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On April 11, 2015, I attended The Majesty of Malvasia Tasting in New York City.  This was the fourth in a series of definitive annual Madeira tastings organized by Mannie Berk (The Rare Wine Co.) and Roy Hersh (For The Love of Port).  In the post “Very rich and old”: Malmsey in America at the turn of the 19th century I published the article I wrote for the tasting booklet.  This post features my tasting notes.

“…where the Americans beat us out of the field is their Madeira, which certainly is of a quality which we cannot procure in England.  This is owing to the extreme heat and cold of the climate, which ripens this wine; indeed, I may almost say, that I never tasted good Madeira, until I arrived in the United States.” Marryat, Frederick.  A Diary in America. (1839).

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