Madeira : The Mid-Atlantic Wine

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Who does not know the phrase 'Have some madeira, m'dear'? Madeira is one of the world's greatest wines, with a fascinating history few others can equal. Capable of evolution over decades and with seemingly indefinite longevity, precious centenarian bottles are sought by wine connoisseurs world wide, but to the ordinary wine lover more commercial wines offer a wide range of delicious and varied drinking. Once dismissed as a cooking wine, discriminating drinkers enjoy it on its own and, increasingly, as an accompaniment to food. Over a million tourists visit this small island every year, and expanding export markets indicate that the recent revival of interest in madeira continues to gain strength. This book, originally published in 1998, was short-listed for the Andre Simon Award and quickly established itself as a wine classic. Alexander Liddell, recognised as the leading authority on madeira, has known the island and its wine for over forty years, and this completely revised new edition brings matters up to date.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 26mm | 502g
  • C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • maps
  • 1849043345
  • 9781849043342
  • 409,508

About Alex Liddell

Alexander Liddell has been a freelance wine and travel writer since 1992. He has written three wine books - two of them nominated for the Andre Simon Award - published by Sotheby's, Faber & Faber and Mitchell Beazley.

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'There is no better guide than Alex Liddell's informative and evocative Madeira.' - Decanter 'A serious and well-researched work.' - Financial Times 'An exceptionally thorough and scholarly guide.' - Evening Standard 'A fascinating book full of insightful new material.' - The Observer 'Madeira is of major importance.' - Wynbox 'If anyone is up to the task of rescuing madeira from extinction it might be Liddell, an evident enthusiast.' - Peter Black, Times Literary Supplement 'Alex Liddell's Madeira is a meticulously detailed and engaging study of the eponymously named wine. Encyclopaedic in its breadth, this book will answer almost every question anyone has about how madeira wine has been made and what it may have tasted like from the fifteenth century to the present. As such, it should be the first port of call for those interested in this wonderful wine.' - Charles C. Ludington, North Carolina State University, author of The Politics of Wine in Britain: A New Cultural History 'The first major work on the wines of this enchanting Portuguese island.' - Conal Gregory, The Scotsman

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