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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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Of the major grapes--uva de troia, aglianico, montepulciano, malvasia nera, malvasia bianca, negroamaro and primitivo--the latter two stand out.
Wine list: Seven pages offering 83 labels ranging from Randall Grahm's 1999 Ca' del Solo Malvasia Bianca at $26 to a 1993 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne at $250.
Expressive of its appellation, Interchange is a luscious, rich blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Malvasia Bianca, Semillon and Gewurztraminer grapes.
Commercial plantings of Albarino, Barbera, Dornfelder, Lemberger, Malvasia Bianca, Muscat Ottonel, Pinot Gris and Sangiovese have resulted.
Varieties like Gew[ddot{u}]ztraminer, Viognier, Riesling, and Malvasia Bianca are superb with Asian dishes.
Wine: Gewurztraminer, Riesling or Bonny Doon's Ca' del Solo Malvasia Bianca.