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Malvasia

(mălvəsē`ə) or

Monemvasía

(mô'nĕmväsē`ä), village, S Greece, in the Peloponnesus, on a rocky island joined to the mainland by a mole. In the Middle Ages it was a fortress and an important commercial port, exporting Malvasian or malmsey wine, a type now made in many places. It was (1821) the seat of the first Greek national assembly.
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The Malmsey I am sipping was aged 10 years in oak in lofts in Funchal, the capital of Madeira, by the Blandy family, which this year celebrates its 200th anniversary as a producer of Madeiras.
General manager Barry Herbst suggests beginners purchase RWC's starter set of Boston Bual, Charleston Sercial, and New York Malmsey at prices ranging from $49 to $54 per bottle, or about $125 for the set.
The English corrupted the name to "malmsey"; Shakespeare's Duke of Gloucester has his brother drowned in a butt of malmsey.
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Try some Malmsey and Bual Madeiras for something a little different Or on the wine front, what about a big Shiraz, a bottle of spicy Rhone, an oaky Chardonnay or Voignier white?
The churchwardens' accounts of St Christopher le Stocks show that both muscadine and malmsey were being used in 1576.
The Clarence, said Duke reported murdered by drowning in a butt of Malmsey Wine.
And a rich, dark full-bodied Malmsey Madeira completes the selection of fortified wines.
According to legend, the establishment had been in business since 1638, offering its patrons not coffee, but a malmsey wine which was well known for its invigorating qualities.