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, making wines of considerable quality 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. It is well known in Italy's Piedmont region for Moscato d’Asti, a slightly sparkling, semi-sweet, refreshing wine that is low in alcohol. On the Iberian peninsula, it goes by Moscatel, not to be confused with Bordeaux's Muscadelle, which is acutally unrelated.
In the Glass
Muscat wines possess marked aromatics and flavors of peach, pear, Meyer lemon, orange, orange blossom, rose petal, jasmine, honeysuckle or lychee, often with a hint of sweet spice.
Thanks to its naturally low alcohol levels, Muscat is a perfect match for spicy Asian cuisine, especially when the wine has a little bit of residual sugar. 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.
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 Blanc133
- Other White Blends71
- Pinot Gris/Grigio70
- Bordeaux White Blends30
- Pinot Blanc30
- Rhône White Blends16
- Chenin Blanc14
- Muller Thurgau1
- Other White Wine1
Rizzardi Dogoli Dry Muscat 1998Muscat from Veneto, Italy
Cameo Muscat Canelli Off-Dry 1998Muscat from California
Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 1998Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, ItalyCurrently Unavailable $12.99Try the 2017 Vintage 14 9912 9912 99Save $0.00 (0%)
Fess Parker Muscat Canelli 1998Muscat from California
M. Chapoutier Muscat de Rivesaltes (half-bottle) 1998Muscat from Rhone, France
Trimbach Muscat Reserve 1998Muscat from Alsace, France
Banfi B Moscadello di Montalcino (500ML) 1998Muscat from Tuscany, Italy
Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 1998Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Currently Unavailable $11.49Try the 2017 Vintage 12 9912 9911 49Save $1.50 (12%)
M. Chapoutier Muscat de Rivesaltes 1998Muscat from Rhone, France
Whitehall Lane Belmuscato 1998Muscat from Napa Valley, California