Name of varietal: Malmsey

Common synonyms: Malvoisie, Malvasia, Malvasia Istriana, Malvazia, Monemvasia

Parentage of the grape: thought to be indigenous to Greece

History of the grape: Malvasia is one of those rabbit-like vines that likes to procreate, often spontaneously. For this reason, there are dozens of clones and subspecies derived from the original, and it comes in both red and the much more common white. It is believed to have originated in Greece as Monemvasia, and was brought to Italy by the Romans, from where it spread most notably to Spain, France, Portugal and Croatia.

In most places in Europe, it has an often unbilled role in blends and bulk wines, though some more sophisticated productions exist and are worth looking out for. In Italy, it is vinified in the north as a single varietal in dry white wines as Malvasia Istriana. It is also one of the grapes used in Vin Santo fortified wine.

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  • Alan - write to ... still wine. Actually sack, Malmsey, Canaries, Maderaes, Alicants, etc.Check out the tax and customs rates of the late 1800s - WW2, and the advertisements in London newspapers during the same time.As mentioned earlier, Gladstone was kind of like Jefferson in that he wanted to promote wine drinking as a civilized way to consum... Read More

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  • Hello,I am a writer working on a historical piece, and wondered if anyone had any ideas about what fine wines and champagnes Londoners would have been drinking in the late 1930s. Surprisingly hard to find!Thanks,Alan Read More

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  • Happy Halloween, wine lover! This hallowed holiday isn't just for kids. ... ... Bual and Malvasia (or Malmsey) would work best. These are the richest, sweetest types, but they frequently show vibrant acidity (helping to tame that sweetness), and feature flavors like candied fruits, dried nuts and honey. I like my peanut butter cups right out ... Read More

    From the article It's Not Too Late for Wine and Candy Pairings

  • Hello I have this bottle of wine Duke of ClarenceFine Rich MalmseyMadeiraAVERYSEstablished 1793 BRISOLIs anyone can help me to tell me about age and price?RegardsWojtek Read More

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  • Cyprus and Paphos vales, the smiling LovesMight leave with joy fair ... ... ...  Sometimes, it is. Malmsey and Boal Madeira (named after the grapes they’re made from) are sweet, but both are usually made with puckering acidity, which balances the sweetness. Other grapes, Verdelho and Sercial, produce usually off-dry and dry wines, respectivel... Read More

    From the article Madeira: Twenty Years on the Comeback Trail

  • It is possible to order online and that's pretty much the only way I buy ... off with sweeter one. Get Malmsey or Bual. Malmsey is good because that's what they used to drown the kids in Shakespeare's Richard III. They're all good to drink though!Those names though, are based on the grape varieties used and the vinification, they're not the na... Read More

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  • Hi there!I will begin by saying I know absolutely nothing about wine! Which is why I am on this site begging for help!! Lol. I would really like to get my sister and her fiancé a bottle of wine that can age for 25 years. So my questions are: What kind of wine (I don't even have a preference) and what is the most reasonable price range? I figure ... Read More

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  • The Rare Wine Co. Historic Series New York Malmsey Special Reserve NV


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    Wine review by NealS

  • Broadbent 10 Year Malmsey Madeira NV


    A new favorite! Classic candied orange notes take on woodier tones - perhaps a hint of pine. Delicious, complex, great for the holidays. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Virgona Malvasia Delle Lipari Passito 2008


    AUD$86/500ml. It is produced with 95% Malvasia white grapes and 5% Corinto ... ... ... used to make Madeiran Malmsey. Malsavia is used to make white wine, dessert wines and fortified wines in countries such as Italy, Croatia, Spain, Madeira and in some regions of the Californian coast. Each region has its own indigenous varietals, so there mu... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang

  • just bought blandy's 10 yr old in portugal. what type of wine glass? serve with chocolates nuts. can i serve cheese and crackers?

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