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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  • In this case, a '79 Mondavi Chardonnay Reserve stole the show. Just the fact that it was still upright, despite passive cellaring (another from a previously discussed estate sale my neighbor scored on) was enough to write about. However, this surprisingly gave some real, almost sublime pleasure, despite being on the precipice of oxidation. It dr... Read More

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  • In America tomorrow is the big day: Thanksgiving. Of course most of us will ... ... from 70% Viura and 30% Malvasia, that will bring out turkey’s sweetness and will play well with extra rich and gooey side dishes. Snooth Editorial Says: Try it with this recipe for Glazed Poppy Seed Turnips. Ratcheting up the Reds  If you are truly over Pinot ... Read More

    From the article Unpredictable Food & Wine Pairings

  • Box wine, depending on who you ask, is either the future of wine or the ugly ... Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Malvasia Bianca, Sauvignon Blanc,  and more -- which is a sure conversation starter in and of itself. Retailing for around $17 and clocking in at 13.5% alcohol, don't let the whimsical packaging lure you into thinking that there isn't a s... Read More

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  • Risata Il Rosso 2012


    I am in love with this red wine! Actually I love all the wines by this maker. I live in Missouri and found this wine available on vacation in Maui, HI and was so happy! Read More

    Wine review by Mdsommerville

  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Satinela Semi Dulce 2012


    White Rioja - 12% alcohol, Light Straw color, very bright and fresh, an initial white pepper/basil with pear and green apple. Dry but rather silky with a long finish of lemon and a hint of cedar. Great balanced acidity. Goes very well alone or with food - and at this price point, a steal. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • We are looking for great values, and you can find them from just about every ... ... Negroamaro with some Malvasia Nera allowed in the case of Salice Salentino or dependant on the traditional varieties that were always planted here to ensure that wine could be made each year no matter what the weather was. Fortunately for the region the weath... Read More

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  • Salice Salentino Riserva Sigillus Primus 2008


    Chalky and a bit astringent on the nose with an unusual spice note that melds cedar with iris, grilled beef, and beet root. Fascinating on the nose. In the mouth this is medium plus bodied and yet it remains quite light on its feet with early suggestions of leather and juniper on the palate followed by slight bitter and earthy, if clear and fre... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Salice Salentino Riserva Sigillus Primus 2008


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  • Risata Il Rosso 2012


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  • Risata Il Rosso 2012


    My favorite wine ever. I didn't even realize the finish was the most important part of each sip. And oh does this wine finish can taste the fruit of strawberry and cherry. Read More

    Wine review by lewdon

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