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.
Robert Mondavi Moscato d'Oro (375ML half-bottle) 2017Muscat from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
Shenandoah Orange Musact (375ML half-bottle) 2017Muscat from Amador, Sierra Foothills, California
Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2017Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Marenco Scrapona Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2017Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2017Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, ItalyCurrently Unavailable $14.99Try the 2018 Vintage 15 9914 9914 99Save $0.00 (0%)
La Spinetta Bricco Quaglia Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2017Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Braida Vigna Senza Nome Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2017Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy