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A variety of grape cultivated especially in Italy that is used to make white and red wines.

[Italian, from Medieval Latin malvasia; see malmsey.]


1. (Brewing) another word for malmsey
2. (Brewing) the type of grape used to make malmsey
[C19: from Italian, from Greek Monembasia; see malmsey]
ˌMalvaˈsian adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Malvasia - used to make malmsey winemalvasia - used to make malmsey wine    
malmsey - sweet Madeira wine
common grape vine, vinifera, vinifera grape, Vitis vinifera - common European grape cultivated in many varieties; chief source of Old World wine and table grapes
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vernaccia, the dark wine of Mascali, muscatel, the Calabrese wine, Malvasia, Risalaimi, and Ciacuddi versus the non-local wines of France, Cyprus and even Florence, which he considers "not good wines at all, waters spiced for show" (p.
95, Ultracomida) is made from 90% viura and the rest made up of malvasia and garnacha blanca.
euro]15 Made from mostly Viura grapes, with a touch of Malvasia and white Grenache, this wine offers both crisp apple and sweet pastry aromas.
Ramos was hit once in the head and was pronounced dead hours later at General Malvasia Hospital.
It is a blend of three grapes - viura (80%) with malvasia and white grenache in supporting roles - concentrated flavours.
It is a blend of three grapes - viura (80%) with malvasia and white grenache in supporting roles - | Fincas de Azabache Tempranillo Blanco 2015 (12% abv, RRP PS10.
A glimmering blonde and a blend of viura and malvasia grapes, Altos de la Guardia Blanco 2014, Rioja, Spain (PS9.
Commercial plantings of Albarino, Barbera, Dornfelder, Lemberger, Malvasia Bianca, Muscat Ottonel, Pinot Gris and Sangiovese have resulted.
50 a glass, $34 a bottle) and a Rojac 2013 malvasia istra from Slovenia ($12/$48).
The sweetest Madeiras, generally made from the malvasia candida grape and labeled "malmsey,'' are what you want with chocolate.
The sweet malvasia grape is the most commonly used.
After all, look at the prowess of Chianti, with its mix of San giovese, Canaiolo and Malvasia Bianca.