Madeira wine how to serve

When it comes to enjoying Madeira, we suggest that the dry and medium dry styles be served chilled (54°F) and the medium rich and rich styles be served slightly chilled (61°F). The glassware is important we suggest that all Madeiras should be enjoyed using a typical port glass.

What do you drink Madeira wine with?

Sweeter styles of Madeira such as Malvasia are excellent digestifs and dessert wines. Serve it with blue cheeses, dried fruit, rich dark chocolate desserts, and sweet pastries with nuts, honey, or berries. If you have a well-aged Madeira, sip it on its own like a fine Cognac.

Is Madeira wine for drinking or cooking?

Madeira is a long-lasting fortified wine that is made on a small Portuguese island of the same name. It is often served as an aperitif or dessert wine depending on the level of sweetness and is used in cooking, especially for making sauces.

Should Madeira wine be refrigerated?

If you have a little Marsala or Madeira wine as an after-dinner drink, tuck it away in the fridge afterward. But If you’re planning on cooking with it (as in, you don’t require peak freshness for, say, chicken Marsala), you have a little wiggle room to let it sit for a month or two in the fridge.

Does Madeira wine need to breathe?

Madeiras love oxygen, and so early decanting is often important—not just to remove sediment, but for breathing. Because of the decades they spend in the oxygen-rich environment of a barrel, Madeiras respond to air unlike other wines.

When should I drink Madeira wine?

Most people think of Madeira as an after dinner wine, but its diverse styles and high acidity make it a a great partner with food. The greatest pairing ever is peanut butter cups and a glass of 1912 Verdelho Madeira ($475). Winter and fall soups, such as butternut squash, make an amazing compliment to Bual Madeira.

How long does Madeira wine keep once opened?

about 3 years

An opened bottle of Madeira will usually maintain best quality for about 3 years, although it will stay safe indefinitely if properly stored; fine Madeira can retain top quality for many years, even after opening.

Is Madeira wine dry or sweet?

Fortunately, Madeira wines are (nearly) always 100% varietal wines, meaning that if ever you see a bottle of Madeira wine with the word Sercial on the label, I can guarantee you that it will be bone dry. Same with Malvasia / Malmsey, it will be sweet.

How long does Madeira wine last unopened?

The shelf life of unopened Madeira is indefinite but if Madeira develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, it should be discarded for quality purposes.

Is Madeira wine like Marsala?

Marsala, another type of fortified wine, makes an excellent Madeira substitute in a pinch. Like Madeira, Marsala comes in dry and sweet varieties—but the ones typically used for cooking tend toward dryness. Unless your recipe specifically calls for a sweet Madeira, opt for a dry substitute.

How do I store Madeira wine after opening?

Bottles of Madeira wine should be stored in an upright position, the main reason for this is that the wine can ‘outlive’ the cork, as madeira wine can last for hundreds of years. Bottles should be kept out of direct sunlight in a location without great variations in temperature.

Should Madeira be decanted?

Decanting is not necessary. Vintage Madeira should be decanted. A general rule is to open the wine one day for every 10 years that the wine has been in bottle. Use a good cork screw, or if the cork seems fragile use a ‘butlers thief’ to ease the cork out of the bottle.

How do you open Madeira wine?


Quote from video: Just hit it right at the top where the reusable cork is nice and gently it'll. Come right off like that and just go around the top not so hard that it breaks the glass.

Is Madeira a wine or liquor?

Madeira is a fortified wine made on the Portuguese Madeira Islands, off the coast of Africa. Madeira is produced in a variety of styles ranging from dry wines which can be consumed on their own, as an apéritif, to sweet wines usually consumed with dessert.

Is Madeira wine like sherry?

Like Sherry, Madeira is not usually vintage-dated. However, some Madeiras indicate age, such as a 5 or 10 year old Malmsey, and so forth. Madeira is a little more expensive than Sherry, but is terrific in sauces and soups—especially bisques or cream soups because it keeps them from curdling and makes them taste richer.

What does Madera wine taste like?

The heating creates a wine with fascinating flavors of roasted nuts, stewed fruit, caramel, and toffee. The Taste of Madeira: There are several tastes profiles, but most will have flavors of Caramel, Walnut Oil, Peach, Hazelnut, Orange Peel, and Burnt Sugar.

Is Madeira wine expensive?

This wine can be kept for hundreds of years, making it one of the world’s most expensive fortified wines. You’ll often find a bottle of Madeira topping the list of most expensive wines.

How strong is Madeira wine?

around 17-20%

Madeira is a robust and long-lasting wine with a high alcohol content, since it’s made with a distilled grape spirit, being around 17-20% alcohol content.