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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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  • Principe Pallavicini Lazio Stillato Passito di Malvasia Puntinata 2010 Front Label
    Principe Pallavicini Lazio Stillato Passito di Malvasia Puntinata 2010
    Malvasia from Lazio, Italy
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    • Zidarich Carso Malvasia 2010 Front Label
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      Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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      • Conti Zecca Salento Donna Marzia Malvasia Bianca 2010 Front Label
        Conti Zecca Salento Donna Marzia Malvasia Bianca 2010
        Malvasia from Puglia, Italy
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          Tasca d'Almerita Capofaro Malvasia 2010
          Malvasia from Sicily, Italy
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          • Clos du Bois Malvasia Bianca 2010 Front Label
            Clos du Bois Malvasia Bianca 2010
            Malvasia from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • Monte delle Vigne Emilia-Romagna Callas Malvasia 2010 Front Label
              Monte delle Vigne Emilia-Romagna Callas Malvasia 2010
              Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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              • Luretta Colli Piacentini Le Rane Malvasia 2010 Front Label
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                Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                • Heredad Ugarte Martin Cendoya Malvasia 2010 Front Label
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                  Malvasia from Rioja, Spain
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                  • Vie di Romans Dis Cumieris Malvasia Istriana 2010 Front Label
                    Vie di Romans Dis Cumieris Malvasia Istriana 2010
                    Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                    • Azienda Agricola Donati Camillo Il Mio Malvasia di Candia 2010 Front Label
                      Azienda Agricola Donati Camillo Il Mio Malvasia di Candia 2010
                      Malvasia from Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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                      • Ronco del Gelso Friuli Isonzo Vigna della Permuta Malvasia 2010 Front Label
                        Ronco del Gelso Friuli Isonzo Vigna della Permuta Malvasia 2010
                        Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                        • Adega Regional de Colares Arenae Malvasia 2010 Front Label
                          Adega Regional de Colares Arenae Malvasia 2010
                          Malvasia from Portugal
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                            Ronco dei Tassi Collio Goriziano Malvasia 2010
                            Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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