Madeira; Old and New, by W.H.Koebelillustrated with Photographs by Miss Mildred Cossart

Madeira; Old and New, by W.H.Koebelillustrated with Photographs by Miss Mildred Cossart

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...and other vintages besides, fell in love with the soil, and, as a result, bore fruit that soon became famous. It is certain that not much time was lost in the cultivation of the vineyards, for as early as 1461 wine is said to have been exported from the island. Much later, in the sixteenth century, when the Jesuits arrived in Madeira, the priests of this order took the Malmsey wine under their special protection, and for a period obtained a monopoly of its disposal. Almost from the very beginning of its'history the success of Madeira wine seems to have alternated with that of the other main crop of the island, sugar-cane. Each has been attacked at various periods by different diseases. Thus the tendency has been to replace the vine by the sugar-cane, or the sugar-cane by the vine according to the failure of one or the other. Madeira continued to yield its vintages with varying fortune until a period of distinct and steady prosperity set in. This covered the latter half of the eighteenth century, and endured until the first half of the following century had almost expired. Demands now came for the wine from all parts of the world, and the attention that the golden juice of the grape received from its connoisseurs was profound. In 1787, for instance, one finds a special recipe for " fining" a pipe of the wine with kid's blood at the order of some particular customer. The procedure savours a little of ancient Roman epicurism, and was undoubtedly somewhat hard upon the kid. The main instructions are these: --"Take a pint-and-a-half (not exceeding a quart) of kid's blood, and as it runs from the animal into a large pan, pour in the other seven quarts of wine; at the same time keep stirring well with a whisk "--then follow...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236584287
  • 9781236584281