Madeira, produced in a similar fashion to Port wine on a Portuguese-owned island in the Atlantic Ocean, used to be the rage about 200 years ago. It’s trying to make a comeback, and this is a fine example of a delicious effort. Rich, raisin-y with luscious dried plums and roasted nuts. You can also taste cream and burnt sugar like a crème brulée. 4.5 stars out of 5. Sweetness=8 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $15.
Taylor is a self-proclaimed Southern foodie, turned Californian food, wine, and gardening hipster.