Blandy's sweet Madeira at The Co-op
Is your name Michael Diamond?
No mine's Clarence
- Beastie Boys, Shake Your Rump (1989)
George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence and brother of King Richard III, was drowned in a barrel of Madeira, if legend and Shakespeare are to be believed.
This lovely, underappreciated wine is more versatile than just Christmas, but matching with mince pies and Christmas pudding is not a bad place to start if you are new to Madeira.
Duke of Clarence Madeira (£13; reduced to £11, 21 November – 29 Jan inclusive) caramel, roasted nuts, dates and figs; rich and unctuous yet all held in check by a fresh acidity. Harmonious and mellow.
Match with Christmassy treats, drink as an aperitif or an after-dinner sipper.