Baked Goods: Announcing Wine Blogging Wednesday 51(WineDude) Edition!

Vinted on October 10, 2008 binned in wine blogging wednesday

I have the pleasure – and honor – of announcing the next Wine Blogging Wednesday theme, #51 (or as I like to call it, “the 51WineDude Edition!”), hosted this time right here on Special thanks to WBW founder Lenn over at Lenndevours for throwing WBW #51 my way!

The Theme:
Dude has a serious sweet-tooth. Therefore, November’s WBW theme will be dessert-wine related! And the theme is…

Baked Goods – wines that are deliberately heated, or Madeirized. According to the way-cool wine glossary at, Madeirized wines describes the “intentional oxidation of grapes in an estufa (hothouses used for this purpose in Madeira, where these wines are made). The resulting wines (typically whites) are sweet and caramelized in taste.”

These wines often also have nutty aromas, a honey-like mouthfeel, and distinctive bronzed color. Yumminess! Examples include (of course) Madeira, but also wines in other parts of the world such as Australia’s Rutherglen Tokays.

Now, Lenn and I do realize that these wines are not always easy to come by, so we’re also allowing sweet Fortified wines into WBW 51(WineDude), which should provide enough options for everyone to contribute. For great examples of the styles of wines you can choose for this round of WBW, check out the excellent dessert wine production overview page at

The Logistics
WBW 51WineDude Edition will take place on Wednesday, November 12.

The way that WBW works (in summary): You get a wine that lines up with the theme, you review said wine, post your review, and send a link to the host, who will then summarize the event and write a wrap-up with a link to your review. Nothin’ to it!

So, to participate in this round of WBW, post a comment to on or before Nov. 12 (either comment on this post, or to the post on Nov. 12). and include the link to your review.

It’s gonna be a sweet time, people!






  • Alex

    Oooh, I got all excited because I have a TBA at home that _needs_ to be drunk … but I’m going to hunt out an interesting Madeira just for the event! Hooray!

  • Dr. Debs

    GREAT THEME. And now I have an excuse to buy expensive dessert sherry–and cheaper dessert sherry, too!

  • Joe Roberts, CSW

    Thanks, people!!

    Looking forward to hosting this. Except for all of the work of the write-up afterward, of course… :-P

  • genevelyn

    Dude, Here’s my post!

  • Oenophilus

    I’m back in the blogging saddle! I love the complexities of sweet and sticky. Time to SHOP!!!

  • Joe Roberts, CSW

    Thanks! Great having everyone on board – I’m getting psyched to see what everyone gulps down for this one!

  • Matt - mmWine

    I am VERY much looking forward to participating in WBW51. I happen to have 3 different ports sitting here that I’m DYING to tear into. However, I did also pick up a 5 yr old Malmsey Madeira, JUST to be sure I have my bases covered.


  • artpredator

    I do love my dessert wines so am excited about having a most excellent reason to open this 2002 hazyblur Baroota late picked shiraz if I don’t get around to finding a Madeira in the next week!

  • Erin McGrath

    I would love to join this! Madeira is one of my favorite “baked” wines and I’m glad to have an excuse to try a new one. Fun!

  • winenegress

    Nice post idea. I’m going shopping tomorrow morning to take revenge on Madeira. Thanks

  • Strumerika

    Hey Joe, here is my post for tomorrow thanks for hosting:

  • dhonig

    I’m in-

  • Gabriella Opaz

    Hey Dude! Here’s our contribution:

  • k2

    Hey Dude! Thanks for the inspiration! Here’s our contribution at


  • Tim

    Hi Joe. Thanks for hosting WBW this month. I celebrated my Portuguese heritage with my contribution.


  • Xandria

    Please check out the Brixchicks review of some NV Madeiras from the Rare Wine Company of Sonoma. Thanks, dude…Xandria

  • Patrick

    WBW with 32 minutes to spare in my time zone! “Area 51…WBW…Madeira or Not”

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