Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 21 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.  


Madeira Seminar: From Our Island to Yours - A Wine Born at Sea

Code Price Date Time Location  
4:00pm - 5:30pm
White Elephant

50 Easton St.
Nantucket, MA 02554

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How pertinent to taste and learn about Madeira on the island of Nantucket... Nantucket Island gets its name from the island of Madeira, a small, beautiful rock in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Madeira has a history as old as the Nantucket - the whaling capital of the world, dating back to the early 1600’s.

Nantucket was first sighted in 1602 by the English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold. Today, English-born Bartholomew Broadbent, one of the world’s leading authorities on Madeira, will educate you on this legendary fortified wine. Madeira is one of the few wines that hasn’t changed since it became popular over 200 years ago.  It was once by far the largest selling and most written about beverage in all of American history. Used to Toast the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, the once ubiquitous drink of the Founding Fathers was lost to history, post Prohibition, until Bartholomew Broadbent brought it back to America in 1989.

Madeira’s unique taste is a result of the repetitive heating of the wine, producing fascinating flavors of roasted nuts, stewed fruit, caramel, and toffee. During the 1600 and 1700s, when wine was on ships leaving Madeira for England or the Americas, it often spoiled and needed to be fortified (by adding a little brandy) to survive the voyage at sea. The casks of Madeira wine would be heated and cooled as the ships passed though the tropics. Shippers noticed how the wine’s flavor deepened and became better and called this sea-aging “Vinho da Roda.”

Taste a broad selection of Broadbent Madeira Wines as you learn about the history, the wine-making process and the unique tastes and styles of Madeira.

  • Featured wines include: 
  • Broadbent - Madeira Rainwater 5yr 
  • Broadbent - Madeira 10yr Sercial 
  • Broadbent - Madeira 10yr Verdelho 
  • Broadbent - Madeira 10yr Bual 
  • Broadbent - Madeira 10yr Malmsey 
  • Broadbent - Madeira  Colheita 1999 

Bartholomew Broadbent, Owner, Broadbent Selections

Raised in the English wine trade in a formal apprenticeship to his famous father, Michael Broadbent MW, Bartholomew has also worked in London for Harrod’s Wine Department, Harvey’s Fine Wine Merchants in Pall Mall and Christie’s. He worked in Australia for Rothbury Estate and for Yalumba Winery. In France, he worked in Cognac for Hennessy and in Paris for L’Academie du Vin. He moved to Montreal to work for Schenley Canada Inc, later moving to Toronto as their Wine Consultant,and wine sales in Ottawa.

Known as one of the world’s foremost authorities on Port and Madeira, Bartholomew is credited with being responsible for the growth of Port consumption in North America during the mid 1980’s and was responsible for the re-introduction of Madeira to America in 1989. In 1996, Broadbent Selections was founded with a  focus family-owned wineries-on places with personality and stories, and on wines that come from the heart.

Bartholomew Broadbent was named one of the “fifty most influential people in the wine world” by Decanter Magazine (June 1997). Broadbent Selections, Inc. was nominated Importer of the Year 2005 by Wine Enthusiast magazine and was named one of the 100 fastest growing companies in 1998 by Entrepreneur magazine and Dun & Bradstreet.