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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 Malvasia Puntinata 2014 Front Label
    Principe Pallavicini Malvasia Puntinata 2014
    Malvasia from Lazio, Italy
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    • Palmina Larner Vineyard Malvasia Bianca 2014 Front Label
      Palmina Larner Vineyard Malvasia Bianca 2014
      Malvasia from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Castello di Luzzano Tasto di Seta Malvasia 2014 Front Label
      Castello di Luzzano Tasto di Seta Malvasia 2014
      Malvasia from Italy
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      • Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2014 Front Label
        Douloufakis Femina Malvasia 2014
        Malvasia from Greece
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      • Conti Zecca Salento Malvasia Bianco 2014 Front Label
        Conti Zecca Salento Malvasia Bianco 2014
        Malvasia from Puglia, Italy
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        • Azienda Agricola Quarticello Emilia Despina Frizzante Malvasia 2014 Front Label
          Azienda Agricola Quarticello Emilia Despina Frizzante Malvasia 2014
          Malvasia from Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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          • Zidarich Carso Malvasia 2014 Front Label
            Zidarich Carso Malvasia 2014
            Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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            • La Tosa Colli Piacentini Sorriso di Cielo Malvasia 2014 Front Label
              La Tosa Colli Piacentini Sorriso di Cielo Malvasia 2014
              Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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              • Ronco dei Tassi Collio Goriziano Malvasia 2014 Front Label
                Ronco dei Tassi Collio Goriziano Malvasia 2014
                Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                • Il Carpino Collio Vigna Runc Malvasia 2014 Front Label
                  Il Carpino Collio Vigna Runc Malvasia 2014
                  Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                  • Vie di Romans Dis Cumieris Malvasia Istriana 2014 Front Label
                    Vie di Romans Dis Cumieris Malvasia Istriana 2014
                    Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                    • Donato Giangirolami Lazio Cardito Malvasia Puntinata 2014 Front Label
                      Donato Giangirolami Lazio Cardito Malvasia Puntinata 2014
                      Malvasia from Lazio, Italy
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                      • Principe Pallavicini Lazio Stillato Passito di Malvasia Puntinata 2014 Front Label
                        Principe Pallavicini Lazio Stillato Passito di Malvasia Puntinata 2014
                        Malvasia from Lazio, Italy
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                        • Caminhos Cruzados Titular Encruzado Malvasia Fina 2014 Front Label
                          Caminhos Cruzados Titular Encruzado Malvasia Fina 2014
                          Malvasia from Dao, Portugal
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                          • Castelvecchio Carso Malvasia Istriana 2014 Front Label
                            Castelvecchio Carso Malvasia Istriana 2014
                            Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                            • PierPaolo Malvasia 2014 Front Label
                              PierPaolo Malvasia 2014
                              Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                              • Gradis'ciutta Malvasia 2014 Front Label
                                Gradis'ciutta Malvasia 2014
                                Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                • Ronco del Gelso Friuli Isonzo Vigna della Permuta Malvasia 2014 Front Label
                                  Ronco del Gelso Friuli Isonzo Vigna della Permuta Malvasia 2014
                                  Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                  • Borgo San Daniele Friuli Isonzo Malvasia 2014 Front Label
                                    Borgo San Daniele Friuli Isonzo Malvasia 2014
                                    Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                    • Arbe Garbe Benandants Catie's Corner Vineyard Malvasia Bianca 2014 Front Label
                                      Arbe Garbe Benandants Catie's Corner Vineyard Malvasia Bianca 2014
                                      Malvasia from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                                      • Tenuta Stella Collio Collio Malvasia 2014 Front Label
                                        Tenuta Stella Collio Collio Malvasia 2014
                                        Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                        • Kenneth Volk San Bernabe Vineyards Malvasia Bianca 2014 Front Label
                                          Kenneth Volk San Bernabe Vineyards Malvasia Bianca 2014
                                          Malvasia from San Bernabe, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                                          • I Clivi Colli Orientali del Friuli Vecchia Vigna ai Clivi Malvasia 2014 Front Label
                                            I Clivi Colli Orientali del Friuli Vecchia Vigna ai Clivi Malvasia 2014
                                            Malvasia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                                            • L'Astore Masseria Salento Krita Malvasia Bianca 2014 Front Label
                                              L'Astore Masseria Salento Krita Malvasia Bianca 2014
                                              Malvasia from Puglia, Italy
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                                              • Luretta Colli Piacentini Boccadirosa Malvasia 2014 Front Label
                                                Luretta Colli Piacentini Boccadirosa Malvasia 2014
                                                Malvasia from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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