IS IT LIKE PORT? That’s the first question most wine drinkers ask when contemplating a glass of Madeira, according to Michael Scaffidi, wine director of Union Square Cafe in New York. His answer? “Madeira is so much cooler than Port.”
More and more wine drinkers—from collectors to sommeliers such as Mr. Scaffidi, and even a few regular wine drinkers—seem to agree. According to the Madeira Wine Institute, U.S. sales of the Portuguese wine have jumped from $1.23 million to $2.13 million over the last four years.