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. "show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 365 pages
  • 144.78 x 215.9 x 30.48mm | 589.67g
  • Hurst & Co.
  • United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised ed.
  • 1849044538
  • 9781849044530
  • 608,993

About Alexander 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. "show more

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"There is no better guide than Alex Liddell's informative and evocative Madeira." - Decanter "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 "A serious and well-researched work." -- Giles MacDonogh, Financial Times "An exceptionally thorough and scholarly guide." -- Andrew Jefford, Evening Standard "A fascinating book full of insightful new material." -- Tim Atkin, The Observer "If anyone is up to the task of rescuing madeira from extinction it might be Liddell, an evident enthusiast." -- Peter Black, Times Literary Supplement "The first major work on the wines of this enchanting Portuguese island." -- Conal Gregory, The Scotsman "Madeira is of major importance." -- Pamela Vandyke Price, Wynbox "A glorious comeback... the new edition is meticulously revised to reflect the many changes on Madeira island and in the Madeira wine business." -- "The best book on Madeira." -- Andrew Jefford, Decanter "Madeira the book is very much like Madeira the wine -- an unexpected treasure trove of exotic flavours, complex and with a lingering aftertaste. It's exactly the sort of book that Madeira deserves.' -- Don Kavanagh, "Fascinating. ... This book has knowledge of the region and its wines in spades ... even after reading just the very first page I had learnt something new ... I would urge anybody with an interest, and certainly anybody set to visit the island, to take a copy with them." -- "A thorough and wonderfully obsessive book ... Alex Liddell is Mad for Madeira, and this is a beautifully presented mini-masterpiece on the subject, chapter after chapter of insight and knowledge to pore over at leisure." -- winepages.comshow more

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