During the 1600 and 1700s, the island of Madeira was a very important provisioning point for journeys to the Americas and the East Indies. Madeira was so important because back then wine often spoiled on long treks across the ocean. Shippers would load up on Madeira wine which was fortified (by adding a little brandy) preserving the wines through the long voyage. Being a fortified wine is not the only thing that makes Madeira wine so unique. Madeira wine is also aged under heat. By repeatedly heating the wine it creates interesting and wonderful flavors of caramel, toffee, and roasted nuts. The other reason Madeira wine is one of a kind is that while other wines oxidize when left open, becoming flavorless, Madeira wine doesn’t change in the slightest bit and retains its flavor. There are two different kinds of Madeira wines; blended and single varietal. Blended wines essential mean that they are inexpensive and of average quality. While single varietal means it is of the highest quality. To make these wine Madeira only uses five different grape varietals, the main being Tinta Negre Mole which is a cross between Grenache and Pinot Noir.
What to Expect
This event is aimed to host a select gathering of like-minded wine and food lovers who are eager to share wine, stories, laughter, and friendship. We welcome you whether you are an entry-level wine drinker or a well-traveled wine connoisseur. The wines we will sample are carefully hand selected by our premier wine buying team. Please, consider joining us in the midst of a busy week to unwind and take a break from the routines of your normal day to sample some amazing wines while listening to an incredibly well-informed speaker about regions and varietals you may not yet have visited or tasted.