Desde el siglo XVI Canarias ya exportaba su famoso "canary wine" a Inglaterra y a otros países. Su importancia fue tal que incluso en Inglaterra se crearon premios literarios donde el galardon consistía en una pequeña cantidad de dinero y varios galones de "canary wine" o malvasia. En alguna ocasión los premiados comentaron que a ellos lo que más les apetecía era el canary wine.
A continuación una serie de reseñas de diferentes autores sobre el canary wine o malvasía de Canarias.
William Shakespeare en "Twelfth Night"
Sir Toby Belch: “O knight thou lackest a cup of canary; when did I See thee so put down”
Sir Andrew: “Never in your life, I think; unless you see canary
Put me down.Methinks sometimes I have no more wit
Than a Christian or an ordinary man has: but I am a
Great eater of beef and I believe that does harm to my wit.”
William Shakespeare en “King Henry IV”
“you have drunk too much canaries, and that´s a marvellous searching wine...”
Walter Scott en "Bride of Lammermoor"
“...But the no harm in drinking to their healths, and I will fill Mrs. Mysie a cup of Mr. Girder´s canary”
Herman Melville en "Benito Cereno"
“The lunch was frugal one. Some of Captain Delano´s fresh fish and pumpkins, biscuit and sal
beef, the reserved bottle of cider, and the San Dominick´s last bottle of canary”
Robert Louis Stevenson en "The Black Arrow"
I had to go slowly ant tap with mi staff. I feared to disclose myself. But see”, he added “this poor shrew begins a little to revive. A little good canary will confort me the heart of it.”
Immanuel Kant en "The critique of Judgement"
Thus he does not take it amiss if, when he says tha Canary-wine is agreeable, another corrects the expression and reminds him that he ought to say: “Itr is agreeable to me.” This applies not only to the taste of the tongue, the palate, and the throat, but to what may with any one be agreeable to eye or ear.
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt en "The complete memoir of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt"
“I began by making the poor gir eat a couple of biscuits soaked in some Canary wine and I took her afterwards to the top story of the palace...”
Théophile Gautier en "Captain Fracasse"
“He found an unoccupied table, to which a servant quicklybrought a bottle of fine old Canary wine, very choice and rare,which was reserved for a few privileged and appreciativecustomers, who could afford to indulge in such luxuries.
Jhon Keats en “Lines on the Mermaid Taver”
“Souls of Poets dead and gone,
What Elysium have ye known,
Happy field or mossy cavern,
Choicer than the Mermaid Tavern?
Havae ye tippled drink more fine
Tahn mine host´s Canary wine?
Or are fruits of Paradise....”
Ben Jonson en “Inviting a friend to supper”
“... But that which most doth take my muse and me
Is a pure cup of rich Canary wine...”
John Lyly en ”Oh, For a Bowl of Fat Canary”
“Oh, for a bowl of fat Canary, Rich Palermo...”
Edgar Rice Burroughs en “The Outlaw of Torn”
...”As the two sat sipping the Bishop´s good Canary, the little old man of Torn entered...”
John Locke en ”Some considerations of the consequences of the loweing of interest and the raising the value of money
...”Or if he will examine, how much only two Comodities, wholly consum´d here, cost us yearly in Money (I mean Canary Wine and Currants) more than we pay for with Goods Exported to the Canaries and Zant; besides the Over-ballance of Trade upon us in several other places, he will have little reason to say, he doth not conceive we bring home from any place more Goods than we now Export to it”.