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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 ...
... together chronologically for me
after visiting historic sites around Portugal over the last month.
I got a late start on my arrival day in Funchal so only
managed to see one garden. On my free day in Funchal after returning from
hiking on the island I took the bus up to the Madeira Botanic Garden, a more
traditional botanic garden with more of a focus of displaying a large variety
of different kinds ...
... The hike started out cold and windy but in bright sunshine near the start of one of the island's highest levadas. Although the walk probably has a different name, I don’t recall it and can’t find it on online maps, so I’m just calling it The Five Levadas Walk because it would take us along five levadas at different altitudes through the day.
We soon crossed back over the crest and descended into a north side valley that is the ...
... the island a glass is downed
quickly as part of a toast at any time of day, somewhat the way Spaniards do
with sherry. Madeira wine was carried on ships to the new world because its
strength enabled it to hold up well on long voyages and was even improved by
exposure to heat on long sea voyages to the degree that applying heat to
enhance the wine’s flavor caught on on the island. In the 1700s the American
colonies that became the U.S. were ...
... tired, so I walked a little further to another church, and then found this really cool, narrow street. All along this street there were shops and mostly restaurants, and all had uniquely painted doors. It was spectacular art. I met back up with Steve and we popped into an interesting cafe for an overpriced meal.
Back at the hotel, I spent the afternoon on the hotel sundeck chatting with a very nice couple from Scotland who were there celebrating their 60th wedding ...