Just read an interesting article on Madeira wine in the Globe and am much more interested in trying it out again. It is a cooked or ’embalmed’ fortified wine so it doesn’t spoil and comes by this method naturally. It is from an archipelago 650 km from the Northwest African coast (part of Portugal) and so the ‘cooking’ is an historic consequence of shipping it to other destinations. John Hancock (whose LARGE signature is so famous) was a madeira importer and it is argued that a tax on madeira wine led to the events of the revolutionary Boston tea party.
You can read more of its history at the links above and see if your interest isn’t tweaked too.
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