Mad about madeira


It has become almost an annual tradition that the top Madeira wine producers – Barbeito, Blandy's (The Madeira Wine Company), Borges, D'Oliveiras, Henriques & Henriques and Justino's – come to London to show their latest releases and ranges at the Portuguese embassy.

The latest news from the island concerns a labelling nicety that required a significant change in mindset. Tinta Negra, once more familiar as Tinta Negra Mole and known on the Canary Islands as Negramoll, is the most widely planted grape variety on the steep-sloped island of Madeira but until now it has been the grape that dare not...