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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.

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  • Vietti Moscato d'Asti 2020  Front Label
    Vietti Moscato d'Asti 2020
    Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
      4.8 15 Ratings
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    • Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti 2019  Front Label
      Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti 2019
      Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Centorri Moscato 2019  Front Label
        Centorri Moscato 2019
        Muscat from Lombardy, Italy
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        4.7 53 Ratings
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      • Marchesi di Gresy La Serra Moscato d'Asti 2019  Front Label
        Marchesi di Gresy La Serra Moscato d'Asti 2019
        Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Bartenura Moscato (OU Kosher) 2020  Front Label
          Bartenura Moscato (OU Kosher) 2020
          Muscat from Italy
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          • St. Supery Moscato 2018  Front Label
            St. Supery Moscato 2018
            Muscat from Napa Valley, California
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            • Tropical Mango Moscato Front Label
              Tropical Mango Moscato
              Muscat from Italy
              • TP90
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            • Caposaldo Moscato  Front Label
              Caposaldo Moscato
              Muscat from Lombardy, Italy
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              • La Spinetta Bricco Quaglia Moscato d'Asti 2020  Front Label
                La Spinetta Bricco Quaglia Moscato d'Asti 2020
                Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Zind-Humbrecht Muscat 2018  Front Label
                  Zind-Humbrecht Muscat 2018
                  Muscat from Alsace, France
                    4.9 35 Ratings
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                  • Ricco Peach Moscato  Front Label
                    Ricco Peach Moscato
                    Muscat from Italy
                      4.7 61 Ratings
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                    • Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Malaga  Botani Old Vines Moscatel 2019  Front Label
                      Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Malaga Botani Old Vines Moscatel 2019
                      Muscat from Spain
                      • JS92
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                    • Cantina Gabriele Moscato (OU Kosher) 2019  Front Label
                      Cantina Gabriele Moscato (OU Kosher) 2019
                      Muscat from Italy
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                      • Cantine Elvio Tintero Moscato d'Asti Sori Gramella 2018 Front Label
                        Cantine Elvio Tintero Moscato d'Asti Sori Gramella 2018
                        Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Marcarini Moscato d'Asti 2019  Front Label
                          Marcarini Moscato d'Asti 2019
                          Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                          • G.D. Vajra Moscato d'Asti 2020  Front Label
                            G.D. Vajra Moscato d'Asti 2020
                            Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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