Madeira Wine Production and Labeling
Madeira is made with both red and white varietals. Because Phylloxera was particularly devastating to the vineyards on the Madeira Islands, different grapes have been used over the years. The red varietals are Tinta Negra, Mole, and Bastardo. Many different white varietals are used.
Madeira is normally labeled by a vintage year. Specific styles are also labeled, including Verdelho, Boal, Malmsey, and Sercial. Like other fortified wines, Madeira was economically more important before refrigeration. But it is still popular in kitchens around the world.
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