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Rainwater is a proprietery blend

February 23 2004 at 8:09 AM
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Response to How old is this bottle of madeira rainwater?

of dry Madeira by the Justino firm which was popular into the 1980s. I imagine it still produced and marketed. They always featured their medals and prizes on the label and your bottle is a blend of many vintage years but most likely not all that old. Vintage Madeira always has either Vintage followed by a date or Colheita (harvest) followed by the year.

I am not sure if M Henri is still in business or not, their presence in the market has been in decline for a couple of decades. Since the wine is already madeirized (subjected to heat) you don't need to worry about where or how it was stored. By all means give it a taste, after opening it will be stable in the bottle for at least 6 weeks. If it's not to your taste it is a wonderful cooking wine: it's great to glaze a baked ham or roast turkey with, or a reduction for beef filets.
Enjoy it. R

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