If you're curious about trying Madeira without commuting to a bottle, contributor Brandon Plyler gives us his picks for sampling the fortified wine at some of Charleston's best restaurants. Plyler also writes a quick tutorial on the history of the drink.Read More
Where to Find a Glass of Madeira in the Lowcountry
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Rick Rubel at Charleston Grill is not only one of the most passionate ambassadors for these wines but also a dedicated sommelier not afraid to stock older and rarer selections. As a policy he always tries to have something around 100 years open for glass pours. Currently, the D’Oliveira Malvasia 1907 is part of his Madeira flight.
If you really want to ease into Madeira, try it in the Old Thyme Punch at Edmund's Oast. The creation contains bourbon, rum, Madeira, lemon shrub, nutmeg, and thyme.
Ask the bartender if they have any glass pours of Madeira. Chances are, he/she can steer you in the right direction according to your taste.
Husk has a wide range of Madeiras by the glass for every taste: dry, off dry, medium sweet, and sweet. The menu even includes a short history lesson declaring, "It was the drink of choice for the Elite and wealthy Southern plantation owners."
According to the McCrady's menu, "Edward McCrady was a Madeira importer in the late 1700’s and sold Madeira out of this very building." They have an extensive list of bottles, including a Historic Flight of different samples.
Bask in the splendor of velvet-lined walls and a dim bar at Peninsula Grill while sampling a Madeira collection of considerable depth and breadth.
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