Good Morning Gentle Readers,
This turned up as we shoveled through the debris following the 4th of July weekend.
Ghastly stuff to be sure and Gibson sure don't have a web presence that I could find. I'm not fond of brandy or bum wine, not sure which this is, so this particular fortified Madeira leaves me a bit puzzled. Didn't have any problem pouring it down the sink, though.
Madeira was originally a Portuguese wine that was fortified with brandy so it could withstand the rigors of the travel by sea. It can be dry or sweet and sometimes substitutes for Port as a dessert wine. Madeira is also used in a variety of quite tasty culinary sauces.
Madeira was popular in the American colonies and shortly after off loading three thousand gallons of Madeira, British thugs, er troops, seized John Hancock's sloop, aptly named Liberty, resulting in riots in Boston. Nothing quite like a booze riot, eh?
TWC's Patron Saint, Thomas Jefferson was also fond of Madeira and it was used to toast the Declaration of Independence. How cool is that? The USS Constitution was also christened with a bottle of.....wait for it.....Madeira. That's right, you are Smarter Than A Fifth Grader.
Somehow, I just don't think the Madeira that was left here at Casa de las Rocas Grandes was in any way similar to what the USS Constitution was christened with. I could be wrong, though.