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Madeira

Maderia has always been a cool subject to educate people about. Here's the scoop: Madeira is an Portuguese island off the coast of Africa and produces fortified wine that can be stylistically reminiscent of Ports. Typically enjoyed as an aperitif or a digestif and not to be confused with an inexpensive "cooking" version which is made for cooking not consumption on its own. These wines were made by accident back in the 15th century where they were fortified with a brandy to allow the wine to make the long sea voyage. During the journey the wine was exposed to high temperatures during the day and cold temperatures at night. The result was a very beautiful style that has a maderized...

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