In summer we want a light and delicious wine, far away from full-bodied reds that are perfect to warm up the winter.
Today we present the Malvasia, a typical product of the island of Salina.
Its name derives from Monemvasia, a Greek city of southern Peloponnesus. In other versions, the term derives instead from Malta, where the production of this wine was originally born.
The Romans used to carry the Malvasia on amphorae into the capital: emperors were gluttonous for this wine.
In the Middle Age Malvasia gradually spread across England, and soon throughout Europe. Legend has it that George Plantagenet, who was sentenced to death in 1478 for treason against his brother, King Edward IV, was drowned in a barrel of Malvasia.
Malvasia is a vine and, together with Moscato, one of the oldest.
There are white fruit and black fruit Malvasie. The white fruit types are, for example, the Malvasia Toscana (particularly in the area of Chianti), the Istrian, malvasia from Lazio, the Malvasia Bianca di Candia, that of Sardinia or the Aeolian Islands. Among black fruit types that are worth mentioning, that of the Salento, that of the Puglia of Lecce and Brindisi and finally those of Piemonte, especially in the area of Asti.
In the eolian version, in particular the one in Salina, the vine produces a good white liqueur wine, with sweet taste.
The grapes are left to dry for 1 or 2 weeks in the sun, after the grape harvest. Once well desiccated, the grapes are crushed and fermented. Its alcohol content can be up to 15 °.
Malvasia should be drank fresh so the advice is keep it in the refrigerator before serving.
In the kitchen, this wine is used as natural accompaniment to desserts, but also declined in a creative way, for example, combined with the stuffed squid. Some delicious ideas to experiment this ingredient in your kitchen? Try the tiramisu with Malvasia. For the second course, capon roast with Malvasia or rabbit stuffed with a pear compote and Malvasia.
On the island of Salina, you can buy this local wine directly from the producers, about about ten. On July 20th , will be held in Capo Faro: the Malvasia Day: don't miss it!