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Madeira
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Category: Wine
Alc/vol: 18% to 21%

Is a fortified wine produced on the Portuguese island of Madeira. It is light to medium amber. Grapes are harvested, stuffed into vats by foot (to this day) and pressed to extract the juice. The juice is then partially fermented before alcohol is added to stop the fermentation. The wine is placed in vats, heated then aged (see sherry 'Solera method') before it is bottled and sold. There are 4 different Madeiras: Sercial, Verdelho, Boal and Malmsey (ranging from Sercial, the driest, to Malmsey, the sweetest). Best enjoyed at 14 to 18°C (57 to 64°F) in a sherry glass as a cocktail, with dessert or blue cheese.


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