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Robin Garr


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Fri Feb 17, 2006 1:44 pm


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WTN: Winter sipper - Blandy's 5 yr Madeira Sercial

by Robin Garr » Mon Jan 30, 2023 12:52 pm

In hot weather we often talk about cooling "summer sippers." Now that it's January, cold and gray, I proposed in Friday's Wine Advisor that we name some favorite winter sippers. I proposed Blandy's Aged 5 Years Sercial Dry Madeira. Tasty and warming, it's dryish, not toothache sweet, and a bottle turned into pretty good value when it lasted is three January nights. :twisted: What's your winter sipper of choice these days?

Blandy's Aged 5 Years Sercial Dry Madeira ($24.99)

Blandy's Aged 5 Years Sercial Dry Madeira is an attractive clear bronze color, with sunny reddish-orange glints against the light. Good pecan and walnut scents against a subtle backdrop of juicy lemon. A hint of brown sugar sweetness shows on the first sip, but it quickly gives way to the drying impact of very tarn, lemony acidity. Subtle dried nuts and lemon hang on in a long finish. Fortification brings its alcohol level up to 19%, typical of the genre. U.S. importer: Premium Ports & Madeiras, San Francisco. (Jan. 25, 2023)

FOOD MATCH: Its natural place is tasted on its own as an aperitif or while snacking on nuts and dried fruit, although the winery declares that "it is excellent as an aperitif but is also exceedingly good with starters, fish dishes and Indian cuisine." I'd be willing to try that, although caution would be advisable if you sip this high-alcohol potion with a fiery vindaloo.

WHEN TO DRINK: Madeira will last essentially forever, and its high alcohol content holds it with little change, as it was originally intended to survive a long ocean voyage to London.

My local price is in line with's $26 average U.S. retail, a price that's more than competitive for a fine fortified wine.

Here's an English language fact sheet from Blandy's Portuguese distributor, Portugal Vineywards.

Check prices and find vendors for Blandy's Aged 5 Years Sercial Dry Madeira on

You'll find a detailed article about Blandy's and its history on this Wine-Searcher link. Scroll down to browse the wines in Blandy's portfolio and check vendors and prices.

Follow this Wine-Searcher link for more Maderia Sercial bottlings, with listings for dozens of other wines using this variety.
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Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:45 pm


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Re: WTN: Winter sipper - Blandy's 5 yr Madeira Sercial

by Jenise » Fri Feb 03, 2023 4:39 pm

It's sherry here at Chez J. Keeps well over time, is inexpensive (relatively) and there are many choices at low levels of sweetness.
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