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Malvasia

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Engaging aromas of jasmine coupled with ripe tropical and stone fruit flavors are pervasive in many wines that call themselves Malvasia. Both grape and name are far-reaching. Over 20 different varieties grow throughout Italy, Spain, Greece and other countries.

But variations on the name itself are plentiful too. There are actually approximately 70 registered grapes with Malvasia as part of their name or listed as a synonym for Malvasia. The French call it Malvoisie, Germans call it Malvasier, British say Malmsey and confusingly one variety double-times under the alias, Boal, on the island of Madeira. In any case, Italy actually has more forms of Malvasia than any other country. Most popular are Malvasia Bianca di Candia from Lazio, Malvasia di Candia Aromatico, which is planted widely and the red-skinned Malvasia di Casorzo from Piedmont. The list goes on.

Tasting Notes for Malvasia

Malvasia makes a dry or sweet white wine with with floral and tropical fruit aromas and flavors of white peach, apricot, green herb and seaspray. While it does have some aromatic red variants, Malvasia mainly occurs as a pale-skinned variety.

Perfect Food Pairings for Malvasia

Try Malvasia with spaghetti bottarga or alla carbonara, chestnut tagliatelle, octopus salad or mu shu vegetable.

Sommelier Secrets for Malvasia

Some think that the actual name, Malvasia, stems from the Italian mispronunciation of Monemvasia, a southern Greek port.

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  • Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2018  Front Label
    Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2018
    Malvasia from Crete, Greece
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    • Principe Pallavicini Malvasia Puntinata 2014 Front Label
      Principe Pallavicini Malvasia Puntinata 2014
      Malvasia from Lazio, Italy
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      • Blackstone Malvasia 1999 Front Label
        Blackstone Malvasia 1999
        Malvasia from California
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        • Bastianich Adriatico Malvasia 2013 Front Label
          Bastianich Adriatico Malvasia 2013
          Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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          • Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2011 Front Label
            Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2011
            Malvasia from Crete, Greece
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          • Venica & Venica Malvasia 2015 Front Label
            Venica & Venica Malvasia 2015
            Malvasia from Collio Goriziano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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            • Bonny Doon Malvasia Bianca 1999
              Malvasia from Central Coast, California
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              • Venica & Venica Malvasia 2017 Front Label
                Venica & Venica Malvasia 2017
                Malvasia from Collio Goriziano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                • Venica & Venica Malvasia 2012 Front Label
                  Venica & Venica Malvasia 2012
                  Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                • Bonny Doon Malvasia Bianca 2002 Front Label
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                    • Larner Malvasia Bianca 2017 Front Label
                      Larner Malvasia Bianca 2017
                      Malvasia from Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                      • Los Bermejos Canary Islands Malvasia Seco 2017 Front Label
                        Los Bermejos Canary Islands Malvasia Seco 2017
                        Malvasia from Canary Islands, Spain
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                        • Bonny Doon Ca del Solo Malvasia Bianca 2004 Front Label
                          Bonny Doon Ca del Solo Malvasia Bianca 2004
                          Malvasia from Central Coast, California
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                          • Los Bermejos Canary Islands Malvasia Seco 2015 Front Label
                            Los Bermejos Canary Islands Malvasia Seco 2015
                            Malvasia from Canary Islands, Spain
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                            • Monte delle Vigne Malvasia 2013 Front Label
                              Monte delle Vigne Malvasia 2013
                              Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                              • Venica & Venica Malvasia 2018  Front Label
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                                • Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2016 Front Label
                                  Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2016
                                  Malvasia from Crete, Greece
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                                • Wild Horse Malvasia Bianca 2000
                                  Malvasia from Central Coast, California
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                                  • Pepi Malvasia 1997 Front Label
                                    Pepi Malvasia 1997
                                    Malvasia from California
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                                    • Palmina Larner Vineyard Malvasia Bianca 2013 Front Label
                                      Palmina Larner Vineyard Malvasia Bianca 2013
                                      Malvasia from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                                    • Castello di Luzzano Tasto di Seta Malvasia 2015 Front Label
                                      Castello di Luzzano Tasto di Seta Malvasia 2015
                                      Malvasia from Italy
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                                      • Principe Pallavicini Malvasia Puntinata 2015 Front Label
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                                          • Los Bermejos Canary Islands Malvasia Seco 2018  Front Label
                                            Los Bermejos Canary Islands Malvasia Seco 2018
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