Malvasia

Name of varietal: Malvasia

Common synonyms: Malvoisie, Malmsey, 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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  • Hard to beat Monte Rosso for Cali field blends and Zin. We went nuts ... ... Murietta and some Birichino Malvasia (hello, NG) on the way home. BTW, my local Safeway, which has pretty good wine, had exactly NO viognier--so OT wins a bet he did not mak Read More

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  • Time to do a little cellar cleaning and what better way to start than with the ... on Trebbiano with a bit of Malvasia for perfume and perhaps a dollop of Grechetto for structure. The example from Casale Marchese includes both Trebbiano and Malvasia, along with two more obscure varieties: Bellone and Belvino. Try a bottle this summer and you c... Read More

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  • Quinta de Maritavora Douro White Port NV

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  • Malvasia Dezzani 2009

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  • Italian Roses, that's what’s for dinner. And before you go there let ... 12.5% $1790% Negro Amaro 10% Malvasia Nera4.8g/l Residual Sugar6.0 g/ l acidity3.5 PHEarthy with a slight baked edge to the nose which features lots of herb and pork fat aromas along with a nice base of candied strawberry fruit. in the mouth this has plenty of acid but al... Read More

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  • Leone de Castris Five Roses Rose 2013

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    90% Negro Amaro 10% Malvasia Nera4.8g/l Residual Sugar6.0 g/ l acidity3.5 PHEarthy with a slight baked edge to the nose which features lots of herb and pork fat aromas along with a nice base of candied strawberry fruit. in the mouth this has plenty of acid but also a nice round blanket of fruit which wraps nicely around the acid spine. Showing s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Birichino Monterey Malvasia Bianca 2012

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  • Villa Rufinella Frascati Secco 2012

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  • Cantina Sociale di Casorzo Malvasia di Casorzo Dolce 2012

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    This is a very nice sweet red wine! It's absolutely delicious! It is sweet, but not too sweet, with balanced acidity. This wine is not fully sparkling, but is frizzante, with some fizziness. I am into sweet wines and I found it in a local shop. At the recommendation of the owner, who let me sample it before purchase, I brought it home. I will c... Read More

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  • Antinori Villa Antinori Toscana IGT White 2012

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  • I had never tasted a red wine that I liked, until trying Malvasia.

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