Something I think my mother has passed down to me is a love for Madeira; nearly 3 years ago was my first time to this gorgeous island ;during my time there i went to a few tasting classes. This wine is so versatile! And can be used in cocktails, baking, cooking, and makes both a great aperitif and digestive (depending on the type!)...I learnt out there are 4 main types of wine, each ranked varying in sweetness...
1- Sercial – very light, quite dry! The least sugary of all.
2- Verdelho- medium-dry ,much sweeter but still light.
4-Malmsey- Most Famous and my most favourite! Brilliantly sweet, dark, the heaviest of all varieties features rich fruity/honeyed undertones.
Bastardo- a less frequently seen variety as only small amounts of the grape are now planted (hard to harvest according to our guide).Most bottles are vintage, luckily i was fortunate enough to try some! But i found it quite bitter and dry compared with other vintage types.It does have an amusing name however! :P