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 Blanc920
- Other White Wine595
- Other White Blends577
- Pinot Gris/Grigio412
- Rhône White Blends195
- Chenin Blanc190
- Bordeaux White Blends164
- Gruner Veltliner123
- Pinot Blanc104
- Melon de Bourgogne21
- Grenache Blanc6
- Muller Thurgau6
- Pedro Ximénez1
Beringer Moscato 2010Muscat from California
Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Malaga Moscatel Old Vines 2010Muscat from Spain
Mirassou Moscato 2010Muscat from California
Golan Heights Moscato (OU Kosher) 2010Muscat from Israel
Castello del Poggio Moscato d'Asti 2010Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Riondo Moscato d'Asti 2010Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Casteggio Oltrepo Pavese Moscato 2010Muscat from Lombardy, Italy
Elio Perrone Moscato d'Asti Sourgal 2010Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Jam Jar Moscato 2010Muscat from South Africa
Domaine des Schistes Muscat de Rivesaltes 2010Muscat from Muscat de Rivesaltes, Roussillon, South of France, France
Little Black Dress Moscato 2010Muscat from California
Gutierrez de la Vega Casta Diva La Diva Vendimia Tardia 2010Muscat from Spain
V. Sattui Muscat 2010Muscat from California
Cantine di Dolianova Moscato di Cagliari 2010Muscat from Sardinia, Italy
Dom. Ernest Burn Clos Saint Imer La Chapelle Goldert Muscat 2010Muscat from Alsace, France
Woodbridge Moscato 2010Muscat from California
Lindeman’s Bin Series Bin 90 Moscato 2010Muscat from Australia