Muscat / Moscato
Learn about Muscat — taste profile, popular regions and more ...
Alluringly aromatic and delightful, Muscat never takes itself too seriously. Muscat is actually an umbrella name for a diverse set of grapes, some of which are genetically related and some of which, are not. The two most important versions are the noble, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, and Muscat of Alexandria, thought to be a progeny of the former. Both are grown throughout the world and can be made in a wide range of styles from dry to sweet, still to sparkling and even fortified. Muscat is well-known in Italy's Piedmont region (where it goes by Moscato) mainly as Moscato d’Asti, a slightly sparkling, semi-sweet, refreshing wine low in alcohol. On the Iberian peninsula, it goes by Moscatel, not to be confused with Bordeaux's Muscadelle, which is acutally unrelated.
Tasting Notes for Muscat
Muscat makes a dry, sweet or sparkling white wine. Regardless, Muscat wines always possess marked aromatics of rose petal, jasmine, honeysuckle or orange blosson. These wines can have flavors of peach, pear, Meyer lemon, orange and lychee, often with a hint of sweet spice.
Perfect Food Pairings for Muscat
Muscat is a perfect match for Asian cuisine and other spicy foods. Off-dry Muscat can work well with lighter desserts like key lime pie and lemon meringue, while fully sweet Muscat-based dessert wines are enjoyable after dinner with an assortment of cheeses.
Sommelier Secrets for Muscat
Muscat is one of the oldest known grape varieties, dating as far back as the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Pliny the Elder wrote in the 13th century of a sweet, perfumed grape variety so attractive to bees that he referred to it as uva apiana, or “grape of the bees.” Most likely, he was describing one of the Muscat varieties.
- Sauvignon Blanc198
- Pinot Gris/Grigio59
- Other White Blends53
- Rhône White Blends27
- Chenin Blanc23
- Other White Wine16
- Gruner Veltliner15
- Pinot Blanc15
- Bordeaux White Blends9
- Melon de Bourgogne2
- Grenache Blanc1
- Muller Thurgau1
Vietti Moscato d'Asti 2020Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti 2019Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Centorri Moscato 2019Muscat from Lombardy, Italy
Marchesi di Gresy La Serra Moscato d'Asti 2019Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Bartenura Moscato (OU Kosher) 2020Muscat from Italy
St. Supery Moscato 2018Muscat from Napa Valley, California
Tropical Mango MoscatoMuscat from Italy
Caposaldo MoscatoMuscat from Lombardy, Italy
La Spinetta Bricco Quaglia Moscato d'Asti 2020Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Zind-Humbrecht Muscat 2018Muscat from Alsace, France
Ricco Peach MoscatoMuscat from Italy
Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Malaga Botani Old Vines Moscatel 2019Muscat from Spain
Cantina Gabriele Moscato (OU Kosher) 2019Muscat from Italy
Cantine Elvio Tintero Moscato d'Asti Sori Gramella 2018Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Marcarini Moscato d'Asti 2019Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
G.D. Vajra Moscato d'Asti 2020Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy