What is Malvasia?

Malvasia turns up in more places than perhaps any other variety in Italy. In Puglia, the red Malvasia Nera is essential to Brindisi Rosso, Salice Salentino and Copertino. In Tuscany both Malvasia Nera and Malvasia Bianca play significant roles in the history of Chianti. In Friuli, Malvasia Istriana makes some of that region’s most impressive and interesting whites. On Sicily and Sardinia partially-dried Malvasia is used in some of Italy’s most coveted dessert wines. Add to the list Lazio, Emilia-Romagna, Basilicata, Piedmont and others and a curious Italian-wine enthusiast might begin to wonder what Malvasia actually is. Malvasia is really a family of grape varieties, the most widely recognized of which is Malvasia Bianca. It is believed to have originated some 2,000 years ago around the islands in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece. and is now found throughout Europe.

This Friday Vino will be pouring a selection of its favorite Malvasia wines. Try five expressions of this diverse variety.

Malvasia Bianca Donna Marzia 2006 Conti Zecca

Malvasia 2007 Ronco dei Tassi

Vinum 2007 Guido Gualandi

Malvasia Frizzante 2006 La Stoppa

Malvasia delle Lipari 2004 Cantine Colosi

FREE Malvasia Tasting
Friday, June 6th, 5:30pm

121 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016

There is no need to reserve, but to find out more call (212) 725-6516.

For further information on future tastings and upcoming special events, visit our website.


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