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... through to sweet. They use Verdelho to only make the semi dry style. It's still fortified, and a little sweet, but mainly dry and acidic. The really good Madeira is made from a red grape called Tinta Negra, and I think I'll be planting a few hundred of these vines when I get back home. Was interesting to learn how they age the wine in both barrels and also artificially by heating the wine in tanks. Heating it for 3 months at a warm temperature ...
... 000 vertical feet in 15 minutes, kind of like ski
gondola over a cityscape.
The higher of Funchal’s two main gardens is in neighborhood
called Monte near the top of suburban settlement. As well as the gardens there’s
also a pilgrimage church in neighborhood, Igreja Nossa Senhora do Monte, that
oddly enough contains the tomb of Emperor Charles I of Austria, the last
Habsburg emperor who ...
... other side of the tunnel we had a lunch stop in warm sunshine before beginning our descent to three more lower levadas, a mix of walks down steep trails and steps to each lower level levada followed by very long nearly flat walks along the levadas. However much we descended, though, where we met our vans after 16 kilometers (almost 10 miles) of walking downhill, I suspect we still descended an additional 2,000 vertical feet further through the vineyards until we got to the ...
... t caught on as a beach destination despite its great surfing conditions. After drying off quickly after my few minutes floundering around in the chilly Atlantic, I decided it was time for a rather sorry Madeiran attempt at a Caiparinha, accompanied by an interesting Madeiran snack – Lupines. They look a little like large yellow beans or oversized corn kernels, but the cooked seeds are in fact from the lupine plant. I would have never thought the flowering ...
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I tried a couple more island specialties at dinner at the
hotel restaurant. Madeira’s most famous dish is a type of fish locally called
Espada that’s translated as Black Scabbard Fish in English. It lives at very
deep elevations and is especially ugly in appearance but tastes delicious. The
traditional preparation is either with local bananas or with a passion fruit
sauce but is also sometimes just ...