logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Wine Site

BellaOnline's Wine Editor

g

Madeira Wines - Book Review


Trevor Elliott’s ‘The Wines of Madeira’ looks stunning.

His new paperback, printed on thick glossy paper, is crammed with photographs. The entire book is in full colour and is most beautifully designed. Elliott says he first fell in love with Madeira wine in 1986 and he has been visiting the island ever since to study his passion. Elliott, who holds WSET Diploma and is a Member of the Association of Wine Educators, noticed there are few books on Madeira and decided to share his knowledge and photographs in order to give an up to date picture of Madeira wines.

What I knew, before reading this book, about Madeira wines could fit into one brief sentence: long lived fortified wines made on the island of Madeira that undergo an unusual aging comprising oxidation and heating.

Elliot covers the growing, making, blending, fortification and aging in detail, along with serving, food matching and governing regulations. He also looks at the unfortified wines of the island, gives a profile of the producers – there are only eight – and discusses commercialisation and future trends.

I showed the book to an acquaintance who is a devotee of Madeira and considers himself a wine expert. He cursorily looked at it, flicking through the pages and tossed it back dismissing it as “a picture book”. But it is much more. Elliott expects it to be on the reading list for WSET exams and the text isn’t that of a coffee table book.

For example, two pages detail levels of pectolytic enzymes and sulphur dioxide used by each of the Madeira producers in sentences containing phrases such as “sulphur dioxide is usually added in the form of a 5% aqueous solution of potassium metabisulphite (K2S2O5) and “MWC adds pectolytic enzymes equivalent to 0.5gms per 140gm of grapes”. But if you’re not studying and your eyes glaze over at some of the details there are super photos to admire which cover the wine making process from vineyard to table.

As I read this book I developed a yearning desire to visit Madeira’s hillside vineyards and wineries depicted and taste their wines in situ. I even checked the cost of flights to Funchal but the one thing sadly missing is information for visitors interested in wine tourism and visiting wineries.

If you want detailed information about Madeira wines then this attractive looking book is for you. It is available only from Trevor Elliott (ignore the entry on Amazon) at £13.99 +p&p and can be ordered from his website at www.winesofmadeira.com

The Wines of Madeira: an Indispensable Guide to the Wines, Grapes and Producers
By Trevor Elliott
Publisher: Trevor Elliott Publishing, Sep 2010
Paperback: 192 pages full colour
20.8 x 14.8 x 1.2 cm
Contents: ****1/2
Production: *****

DISCLOSURE: Peter F May was given a copy of this book to review.

What do you think of Madeira wines? Discuss on our forum.







Peter F May is the author of Marilyn Merlot and the Naked Grape: Odd Wines from Around the World which features more than 100 wine labels and the stories behind them, and PINOTAGE: Behind the Legends of South Africa’s Own Wine which tells the story behind the Pinotage wine and grape, now available as a Kindle eBook.






Add Madeira+Wines+%2D+Book+Review to Twitter Add Madeira+Wines+%2D+Book+Review to Facebook Add Madeira+Wines+%2D+Book+Review to MySpace Add Madeira+Wines+%2D+Book+Review to Del.icio.us Digg Madeira+Wines+%2D+Book+Review Add Madeira+Wines+%2D+Book+Review to Yahoo My Web Add Madeira+Wines+%2D+Book+Review to Google Bookmarks Add Madeira+Wines+%2D+Book+Review to Stumbleupon Add Madeira+Wines+%2D+Book+Review to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Wine Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Peter F May. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Peter F May. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Peter F May for details.

g


g features
RayLen Vineyards and Winery, North Carolina

Shadow Springs Vineyard, North Carolina

Raffaldini Vineyards, North Carolina

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor