This is a dish that you would normally pair with an off-dry Reisling or a Sauterne, but Falcao and company showed how a Madeira can more than adequately fill the bill.The next course, an exquisite Black Bass Crusted with Nuts and Seeds and a Sweet and Sour Jus, a JG favorite, was paired with Barbeito Ribeiro Real Verdelho 20 Anos.
Distilled spirits used for stabilization were later replaced with brandy.
This unique process creates an unusually robust wine that can withstand the test of time.
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Story and photo gallery by Dwight Casimere NEW YORK--"Madeiera is immortal." That pronouncement was made with conviction by Rui Falcao, a celebrated wine writer, as he led a Master Class on Madeira wines, sponsored by the Madeira Wine Institute at the Millennium Hotel, 1 United Nations Plaza.
When unsold shipments of wine would return to port, the producers became enraptured with its delightful transformation and thus, Madeira wine, as we know it today, was born.
The winemaking methods today are considerably more sophisticated, but no less time and labor intensive.
Madeira is a fortified wine in which neutral spirits, made from cane sugar, were added to prevent spoilage.
On long sea voyages, the wine was kept in large open barrels on the ship's deck, exposing it to extreme heat and the sun and the ship's movements, which enhanced the flavor of the wine.
"You can taste a Madeira that is more than a hundred years old, and it will still be as vital as when it was first released.