malvoisie


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malvoisie

(ˈmælvɔɪzɪ; -və-)
n
(Brewing) an amber dessert wine made in France, similar to malmsey
[C14: via Old French from Italian Malvasia, from Greek Monembasia; see malmsey]
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His wine he takes hot when the nights are cold, malvoisie or vernage, with as much spice as would cover the thumb-nail.
And, hark thee, thou seemest to be a jolly confessor come hither after the onslaught, and thou shalt have as much Malvoisie as would drench thy whole convent.
All round the arena rose the cries of itinerant merchants: 'Iced malvoisie,' 'Score-cards; ye cannot tell the jousters without a score-card.
While the red wines are mainly found in the lower valley and include Pinot Noir, Vien de Nus and Enfer d'Arvier, the white wines with their delicate mountain hay fragrance include Chambave Muscat and Nus Malvoisie.
White varieties also grown in Vaud and Geneva have different names in Valais--Pinot Gris is called Malvoisie, and Chasselas is known as Fendant.
Bourbelenc is sometimes called Malvoisie in Languedoc, leading to some confusion.
The dish was full of subtle, gentle flavours and textures, and the wine - a blend of three grape varieties, Macabeo, Grenache Blanc and Malvoisie - was muted too with hints of lemon and peaches.
Finally, after grafting French and Spanish grape varieties onto local Caribbean rootstock with the help of French experts from Domaines Cordier, Pomar selected six varieties of red wine for commercial exploitation--Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (Bordeaux), Syrah and Mourvedre (Cotes du Rhone), Tempranillo and Garnacha (Rioja)--and five varieties of white wine: Sauvignon blanc and Semillon (Bordeaux), Chenin blanc (Loire), Macabeu (Penedes) and Malvoisie (Languedoc Roussillon).
Surprising, to me, is the continued popularity of the Mataros, Petite Sirahs and Malvoisie, and the slight decline of the Alicante and the Carignanes (Kerrigans).
It was Black Malvoisie, or what we now know as Cinsault.
In Switzerland, by contrast, where the wine is known as Malvoisie de Valais, the microclimate is conducive to letting the grapes go as long as possible on the vines and the desired style of wine is slightly sweet.
Finally, after grafting French and Spanish grape varieties onto local Caribbean rootstock with the help of French experts from Domaines Cordier, Pomar selected six varieties of red wine for commercial exploitation--Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (Bordeaux), Syrah, Mourvedre (Cotes du Rhone), Tempranillo and Garnacha (Rioja)--and five varieties of white grapes: Sauvignon blanc and Semillon (Bordeaux), Chenin blanc, (Loire), Macabeu (Penedes) and Malvoisie (Languedoc-Roussillon).