Noel Cossart's Madeira: The Island Vineyard
By Noel Cossart. Expanded Second Edition with new material by Emanuel Berk. ISBN978-0-578-06647-9. Copyright 2011. Hardcover with 340 pages including appendices, bibliography, and index.
For more than 500 years, Madeira has been made from the slopes of a volcanic island, Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal located off the coast of Morocco. There was a time, in the late 1700s and early 1800s, when it was the English-speaking world's most revered beverage, but a century of vine calamities, wars and economic disasters nearly ended its production and caused a long descent into oblivion. Yet, Madeira's virtual immortality insured its eventual rediscovery and today, we can still find bottles of Madeira from the 18th and 19th centuries. Madeira is reported to have been a favorite beverage of George Washington.
This richly illustrated new edition includes the first published history of Noel Cossart's life; an unprecedented compilation of Madeira auction prices from the 1970s to the present, and Cossart's private correspondence with several other wine scholars in the months following Madeira's original 1984 publication.