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Discovering Madeira and its namesake wine

Nov 13, 2011

(Gainesville) - When I told people we were going on vacation to Madeira, it raised an eyebrow or two. "Where?" "Why?" "Isn't that where they make port?" To answer the last question first: No. Port comes from the Douro region of Portugal, and Madeira is home to its own eponymous appellation of fortified wine. The where (and the what): Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago located about 400 miles off the coast of north Africa. It consists of the island of Porto Santo, the Ilhas Desertas (deserted islands) and the island of Madeira,

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