How is Madeira made?
Unlike port that enjoys peace and quiet as it matures, Madeira wines improve the more they are mistreated, something that was discovered accidentally when a shipment of Madeira wine returned unsold after an arduous journey at sea where the wine had "baked" in the heat of the equator. From that time forth, Madeira wine has been subject to the heat of the sun in the "canteiro" method to achieve its special qualities.
Drinking Madeira wine
Some Madeiras are best served slightly cool - Madeira wines can keep for 2-3 months after opening if you keep the stopper in.
Food & Madeira
It really has to be cake for me; a glass of Madeira wine with fruit cake is a personal favourite and makes for a slightly decadent supper.