May 9 is National Moscato Day!!
Moscato wine is famous for its sweet flavors of peaches and orange blossom. The word Moscato (“moe-ska-toe”) is the Italian name for Muscat Blanc – one of the oldest wine grapes in the world! In Italy, Moscato is made with Muscat Blanc grapes.
One of the most popular Moscato wine styles is based on the Italian wine called Moscato d’Asti from Piedmont. These wines have perfumed aromas of mandarin orange, ripe pear, sweet Meyer lemon, orange blossom, and honeysuckle.
The wine’s unique floral aroma is from an aromatic compound called linalool which is also found in mint, citrus flowers, and cinnamon. Moscato d’Asti tastes light-bodied and sweet, with tropical fruit flavors, light bubbles (the Italians call this frizzante – “frizz-ont-tay”), and low alcohol at around 5.5% ABV (btw, regular wine has about 13% ABV).
While perfect as an aperitivo, and splendid as a dessert with fresh fruit or zabiglione, Moscato d'Asti is riding an unprecedented wave of popularity these days, mostly due to the fact that it's a perfect 'gateway' wine for new wine drinkers.Smelling like a spring bouquet, tasting like adult candy, and with a slightly mousseux mouthfeel that makes the wine seem to dance across your palate, this low-alcohol (and generally lower-priced) charmer has a lot going for it.
But besides being called out by rappers like Kanye and Drake, Moscato d'Asti is a serious wine, with a coveted DOCG tag appending its name.
Grown in the hilltop town of Asti in Montferrat, Piedmont, Italy, Moscato d’Asti is made by small producers in small batches. Moscato is named such because of its earthy musk aroma. The ancient Romans called it the apiana. It was very popular during Medieval times; in fact, there are Piemontese documents talking about the wine that date as far back as the 14th century. Piedmont winemakers traditionally make this low alcohol wine with Muscat à Petits Grains, also known as Moscato Bianco. This petite berry varietal ripens early and produces a wide range of wine styles: light and dry, slightly sweet and sparkling or rich, honey-like dessert wine.
Among several other labels, we carry Vietti's Cascinetta Moscato. We love it's intense aromas of peaches, rose petals, and ginger. On the palate, it is delicately sweet and sparkling with modest acidity, good balance, good complexity and a finish of fresh apricots. Wonderful as an aperitif, perfect accompaniment to Pan-Asian cuisine and lobster as well as pastry, fruit-based and creamy desserts, and mild blue cheeses.