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Bodegas Farina Malvasia 2007, Toro, Spain


A recurring event – a wine that ranks as ‘just fine’ by itself is raised in ones estimation when coupled with food. This nicely weighty white from Spain is another such example where a succesful match brings added pleasure to a meal.
White Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Bodegas Fariña Malvasia, 2007, Toro, Spain.
Stockist: dunno [More: Adegga / Snooth]
A light simple nose – a touch of herbs, a smidge of yeast and a layer of lemon. More activity on the palate though with a gentle lemony start giving way to a sherbet, grapefruity palate and a tang of acidity. Pleasant enough and very drinkable but seldom is Malvasia ever going to knock yer socks into a cocked-hat (or something). Unoaked. Alcohol 12.5%.
Its clean, fresh crispness was a joy though with some crispy Calamari rings dunked in mayonnaise. While the squid wasn’t the best – it was frozen rather than fresh and certainly not as good as the mammoth sized rings myself and Douglas devoured with passion at a local Italian last week – but the wine worked wonders. When they say ‘good with seafood’ this partnership is what they have in mind.

Scribblings Rating – 90/100 [3.75 out of 5]

By way of proving that I don’t just make these food and wine matches up, a picture of the very same calamari. And yes, they were cold by the time I had finished taking pictures!
Calamari

2 Comments »

  1. Dylan says:

    What a sacrifice, letting your food cool down just so we could see it. Thanks for the pairing recommendation. Shrimp and calamari are two of my favorites which I eat relatively often, so this will be very useful to me.

  2. When you get the right wine to complement a sea food dish nothing can beat it.
    This sounds like a superb combination.

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