Muscat / Moscato Wine
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Alluringly aromatic and delightful, Muscat wine 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 wine 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 Muscadelle from Bordeaux, which is actually unrelated.
Tasting Notes for Muscat / Moscato
Muscat / Moscato 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 wines can work well with lighter desserts like key lime pie and lemon meringue, while fully sweet Muscat / Moscato-based dessert wines are enjoyable after dinner with an assortment of cheeses.
Sommelier Secrets for Muscat / Moscato
Muscat wine 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 wine varieties.
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Bonny Doon Ca' Del Solo Muscat 2009Muscat from Central Coast, California
Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Malaga Botani Old Vines Moscatel 2009Muscat from Spain
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Vina Esmeralda Blanco 2009Muscat from Spain
Rinaldi Moscato d'Asti Bug Juice 2009Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Bartenura Moscato (OU Kosher) 2009Muscat from Italy
G.D. Vajra Moscato d'Asti 2009Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Les Cretes Chardonnay Cuvee Bois 2009Muscat from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
Trimbach Muscat Reserve 2009Muscat from Alsace, France
Grape Creek Vineyard Muscat Canelli 2009Muscat from Texas, Other U.S.
Domaine Weinbach Muscat Reserve 2009Muscat from Alsace, France
Enrique Mendoza Alicante Moscatel de Mendoza 2009Muscat from Spain
Graziano Enotria Moscato 2009Muscat from Mendocino, California
La Montecchia delle Venezie Piuchebello Bianco 2009Muscat from Veneto, Italy
Bodegas Silvano Garcia Dulce Moscatel 2009Muscat from Jumilla, Spain
Bottega S.P.A Petalo Il Vino dell Amore Moscato 2009Muscat from Veneto, Italy
Di Majo Norante Moscato del Molise Apianae 2009Muscat from Molise, Italy
Robert Hall Margaret's Vineyard Orange Muscat 2009Muscat from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Messina Hof Muscat Canelli 2009Muscat from Texas, Other U.S.
Rizzi Frimaio Vendemmia Tardiva 2009Muscat from Piedmont, Italy
Foris Muscat Frissante 2009Muscat from Rogue Valley, Oregon
Cantina di Venosa Basilicata Terre di Orazio Bianco Moscato 2009Muscat from Basilicata, Italy
Bodegas Casa Gualda Lagrimas de Casa Gualda 2009Muscat from La Mancha, Spain