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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.]
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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
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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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The eminent Spanish wine makers Torres now have a Malvasia de Oro that has a seductive floral scent of roses and geraniums and a rich, ripe flavour that is perfect with a pudding.
Carlo Cesare Malvasia, Reni's biographer, identified the middle personage as Venus, 'who serves as a matron'.
On 19 April she hosted a feast of sweets and wine (colazione) for the nuns, where they were furnished with cups full of sugared almonds (confetti) and biscuits made from sugar and pine nuts (pignocade) to take away for later consumption with Malvasia and other wines.
Made primarily from negro amaro (black bitter in Italian) grapes and some malvasia nera better Salices can be a pungent, even agressive wine, with a slightly baked fruit aroma, along with some leather and even game and cured meat aromas.
For a special treat, pour Malvasia Dolce a slightly sweet, muscat-flavor sparkling wine-into flutes to sip with the dessert.
Also in there you can find indigenous varieties Malvasia de Rioja, Garnacha Blanca, Tempranillo Blanco, Maturana Blanca and Turruntes de Rioja.
The BLANC DE MARGES (PS15.50, La Cuina) is a blend of parellada, xarel-lo and malvasia and shows richness in the bouquet of this classic trio.
Gastronomically, Salina is best known for three products: fish, capers and a sweet dessert wine called Malvasia delle Lipari and the chefs have incorporated all three into their extensive menu.
He also has a strong interest in alternative--or what he calls "heirloom"--grape cultivars, which include Negrette, Malvasia and even more obscure varieties such as Gros Verdot and Cabernet Pfeffer.
There are four famous grape varieties for Madeira wine, each of which corresponds to a wine style - Sercial (normally dry), Verdelho (medium dry), Bual (medium sweet) and Malmsey, alias Malvasia (rich and sweet).
The houses are named after Italian grape varieties, with Malvasia, sleeping four, available for pounds 774 per week (saving pounds 332) until October 2, then pounds 565 (saving pounds 100) until the end of the year.