In this guide, we’ll be referring to various styles and grape varieties of Madeira. If you’re not yet familiar with these and their individual characteristics, head to our guide to the different types of Madeira wine first.
Where To Buy Madeira Wine
Although Madeira wine experienced something of a renaissance in the late 20th century, it has never managed to reclaim its title as the USA’s favourite wine. Indeed, it was once the only wine that could travel to America and a favourite of both Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock.
Today, buying Madeira wine in the USA is, quite frankly, a frustrating task. Most Madeira that you’ll find in supermarkets or convenience stores is made for cooking. And while you can certainly cook with drinking Madeira, we wouldn’t recommend it the other way around!
You may occasionally be lucky to find a bottle in a local wine shop and there are some passionate merchants that may even sell several. Nevertheless, your luck may greatly depend on where you live. After all, it has become something of a speciality wine, to say the least.
Buying Madeira Wine Online
Overall, you’ll probably have better luck in buying Madeira online in the USA. However, one of our favourite online shops, Reserve Bar, sadly doesn’t stock any. In fact, it only has a few ports and sherries.
Drizly is another option and while most of the wines we listed in this guide can be bought there, it depends on your local area. The way Drizly works is that it partners with local liquor stores to process orders and deliver them to your door. If the shops near you don’t sell Madeira, you’re out of luck.
We found that Wine.com had the best overall selection of Madeira wines. After all, Madeira is closer to wine than a spirit even if it has been fortified. Although it doesn’t have every producer, it has a good selection from some of the best.
Ultimately, the wines in this guide don’t necessarily reflect the very best Madeira that has been produced. Since we were looking primarily at what can be bought online, it was subject to the whims of the market.
Therefore, consider finding a wine specialist near you and you might find some delights that have been made from other grape varieties like Terrantez, Sercial, and Verdelho!
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