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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  • This night taste an Italian wines Baccichetto Refosco. Refosco is new to me and it is an ancient red grapes variety, should be native from Northern part of Italy.When open it, feel very strong liquor and tannics. Allow it to breathe half an hour in glass, then to the nose of blackberry, spices and intense bouquet of liquorices. Unexpected smooth... Read More

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  • Everyone has a favorite "just for fun wine"--one that you drink because it just tastes good. These fun wines are great to fall back on for parties or just enjoying at the end of the day. I had a great "fun" wine this weekend from Debonne Vineyards (Madison, OH) , Razzberry Riesling. The Raspberry brought out the flavors of the Riesling nicely an... Read More

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  • Hi fellow wine lovers, I have to do a report on Welshriesling (history, climate, soil producing areas, acrerage/hetares, etc). and there's not a lot out there.  Is anyone familiar with this cultivar that would be willing to share info or point me in the right direction? Thanks! Read More

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  • Abbazia Malvasia Rose Dolce NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by jdav3


  • Fracchia Casorzo Voulet 2012

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    I give this wine a 5 Rating, which is a 100% in my book. My husband Isn't a wine drinker. Today is his birthday I had dinner for him, I gave him a glass of this wine. In our 25 years of marriage I never seen him drink a full glass, of wine and enjoy it. I love this wine. Read More

    Wine review by deedc


  • Argiolas Red Blend Isola Dei Nuraghi IGT Turriga 2007

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    I was stationed in Sarinia and fell in love with their wines, especially the Cannonau varieties. While I never had a bad glass of Sardinian wine, even the pitchers at the Mom and Pop bistros that were vintage dated "Last Wednesday" were delicious pared with food, the Argiolas Costera was my favorite. A simple unpretentious, yet full bodied red... Read More

    Wine review by Nazgul09


  • Epicuro Salice Salentino Riserva 2005

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    A nice blend of Neroamaro (80%) and Malvasia Nera (20%) with plenty of body and smooth aroma. Mature and earthy-frugal taste good for a daily enjoyment. Read More

    Wine review by HGarban


  • Epicuro Salice Salentino 2005

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    A nice blend of Neroamaro and Malvasia Nera with plenty of body and smooth aroma. Mature and earthy taste good for a daily enjoyement. Read More

    Wine review by HGarban


  • Fracchia Casorzo Voulet 2012

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    I luv this wine! Nicely sweet and not to dry. I have been drinking this wine for years. But unfortunately it is hard to find in Maryland. Read More

    Wine review by TiReese


  • Moshin Vineyards Moshin Poshin No. 7 NV

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    Decadent dessert white made from mainly Malvasia Bianca. Rich yet elegant feel in its mouth-coating, intense flavors of apricot, citrus-blossom honey, and mango. Enough acidity to keep it from being cloying, but this is a wine to savor in small doses. Read More

    Wine review by WineborkDotCom


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