Everyone Should Love Moscato
Some may hear Moscato and immediately be taken back to their college years, drinking the sweet, bubbly stuff simply because it was cheap and it tasted good. However, Moscato is so much more than just a five dollar bottle that gets the job done; it’s a well-crafted wine that is full of love and amazing flavors.
The family of grapes used in making Moscato is called “Muscat,” which includes 200 varieties from all over the world. Almost every variety of the Muscat grape is very sweet, even the ones that are dark and red.
The one we are most familiar with is Moscato d’Asti, which comes from the Piedmont region of Italy, and has those famous bubbles that we know so well. It’s important to note that Asti refers to the fully sparkling wine that is similar to a Champagne or sweet Prosecco, and Moscato d’Asti is only slightly sparkly.
It’s low alcohol content and fantastic sweetness make Moscato an incredibly popular wine, especially among millennials. The delicious peach, orange blossom, and nectarine flavors are easy to pair and easy to enjoy. Moscato d’Asti is the very common effervescent version, the still version is like a very sweet, white wine, and the dessert Moscato is thick and sort of syrupy, more of a sipping beverage to have after a meal.
This lovely wine is perfect for a hot summer day, especially at a garden party or picnic, or with a light meal. Pair it with cheese and charcuterie plates, particularly those that have salty meats and dried fruits. Moscato goes especially well with spicy dishes because of its empowering sweetness.