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Birichino Malvasia (750ml)

  • Country

    United States

  • Region


  • Sub-Region

    Santa Cruz

  • Size


  • Wine Type

    White Wine

  • Grape


  • Food Pairing

    AperitifCheeseSpicy Foods

Winemakers Alex Krause and John Locke make wine in Santa Cruz and are located centrally to the vineyards that they work with. They have access to fruit that is farmed by many third genration European farmers. They have worked with some of the great’s in the trade like California’s Randall Graham, Alsace’s Andre Ostertag as well as some small producers in Madiran and Minervois in France and Puglia and Piedmont in Italy. The diversity of their experiences is reflected in the unique personality of their wines.

Fun fact: Birichino, means naughty or mischievous in Italian. 

Tasting Notes

Made from Malvasia Bianca grapes. Exotically scented, reminiscent of jasmine, lime and elderflower, and yet the finish is very crisp and clean and dry.


This is an outrageously aromatic Italian variety of Malvasia Bianca.  It was brought over from Calabria in the 1900s  and is now planted in southern Monterey County on shale, decomposed granite and clay. This variety thrives in climates that resemble its ancestral homeland, and the warm, sunny days and cold, fresh nights blanketed in fog from Monterey Bay allow it to preserve freshness and detail. Lower temperatures in the fall slowed ripening a wee bit- a blessing with aromatic varieties.  Picked at night in early October.  Malvasia is very explicit as to its signaling maturity – these grapes let you know when they are ready. The flavor spectrum includes flowers, sweet
citrus, and still a touch of mint.  Some skin contact overnight, then press at lunchtime the next day and ferment very cool and slowly in stainless until it’s dry. 

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