IVBAM - The Iconic Madeira Wine Varieties - A Tutored Masterclass

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Born with the name of a small island in the Atlantic Ocean, in the XIV century, Madeira Wine is all about history!

There are endless stories to be told about this unique wine through almost 6 cen¬turies of existence. From the famous turn-around-trip to the Indies, during which the wine was enriched, gaining great fame and prestige in Europe; to the attention and appreciation it captured from noble personalities such as William Shakespeare, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Winston Churchill. Madeira has been tasted and enjoyed all over the five continents.

Poças Vinhos - The Magic of Ageing - A Tutored Masterclass

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André Barbosa, head winemaker at Poças Vinhos, will lead participants through a selection of the tools and techniques available to a wine maker and blender as he chooses how to age his wines. This masterclass will show the magic of the cellar as choices are made whether to age in bottle, small casks or large balseiros. The final flight of the masterclass will highlight the skill required of the winemaker and blender as they put together the wine to be bottled.

Sherry and Montilla Moriles Tasting Experience - Recording

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Thanks to the support of the producers involved and Extenda, we were delighted to bring you an opportunity to taste a range of Andalusian wines in a live virtual tasting with Sarah Jane Evans MW on 23rd July. The recording is now available to watch. Listen to Sarah Jane explore food pairings, introduces the people behind the wines and taste the wines themselves.

Becky Sue Epstein - Strong, Sweet & Dry

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Becky Sue Epstein has written an excellent book – Strong, Sweet & Dry: A guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira and Marsala. Becky Sue had intended to make the book available for perusal and purchase at the bft this year. Sadly, that was not able to happen but you can still order a copy with the 'show' discount.

Quevedo Virtual Masterclass

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With the cancellation of this years’ Big Fortified Tasting leaving a gap in the calendar for fortified wine producers to showcase their products to the trade and ultimately consumers, we are delighted to be supporting one of our regular exhibitors, Quevedo, in hosting a ‘virtual masterclass’ on Thursday May 7th and Friday May 8th.