noun, often capitalized
mal·​va·​sia | \ ˌmal-və-ˈzē-ə How to pronounce malvasia (audio) , -ˈsē-\

Definition of malvasia

: a medium to large cultivated grape of Mediterranean regions that is often blended with other grape varieties to produce aromatic dry or sweet wines

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This lovely white is a blend of riesling (which contributes acidity), malvasia (aromatics) and chardonnay (body). Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "At just $15, this soulful Spanish garnacha from a lesser-known region is a steal," 7 June 2019 Everything about growing the ramisco and malvasia grapes is hard work. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Colares, Where the Vineyards Snake Through the Sand," 3 Aug. 2017 Cheap Madeira is generally made out of a blend of grapes, but the best bottles tend to come from four principal grapes in ascending order from driest to sweetest: sercial, verdelho, bual and malmsey, which is better known elsewhere as malvasia. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Your Next Lesson: Madeira," 22 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of malvasia

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for malvasia

Italian, a sweet wine, from Modern Greek Monobasia Monemvasia, village in Greece

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The first known use of malvasia was in 1882

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