Malvasia, Canary Islands

What a beautiful, hard to find grape. I stumbled across this in the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands captures something I love in wines: it is a remote area, they have been making wines since the 1500’s, it was an instrumental chain of islands for the early growth of trans-Atlantic trade, volcanic soil almost seems counter-intuitive for vineyard growth. One special fact about the Canary Islands is that they have never been touched by the root louse Phylloxera, which nearly wiped out every vineyard in the world in the 1800’s. These wines are the Old World of the Old World. Unique. Untouched. Symbiotic with the food and climate. When you drink it, you are drinking a bit of history. Beautiful round fleshy body, lush peach, nectarine, and a crisp mineral finish. Why then, you ask, have you never heard of such a special grape? Well, I say, that’s what makes this such a wonderful hidden find! Because this grape is only found in few regions of the world that do not have large commercial production and export of it. You have to seek it to find it. When you do find it, I hope you can appreciate it as much as I do.

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