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Muscat / Moscato

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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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  • St. Supery Moscato 2004 Front Label
    St. Supery Moscato 2004
    Muscat from Napa Valley, California
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    • Torres Vina Esmeralda 2004 Front Label
      Torres Vina Esmeralda 2004
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      • Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2004 Front Label
        Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2004
        Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2004
          Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Prunotto Moscato d'Asti 2004
            Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Coppo Moncalvina Moscato d'Asti 2004 Front Label
              Coppo Moncalvina Moscato d'Asti 2004
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              • Liberalia Uno Dulce 2004 Front Label
                Liberalia Uno Dulce 2004
                Muscat from Toro, Spain
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                • Gutierrez de la Vega Casta Diva La Diva Vendimia Tardia 2004 Front Label
                  Gutierrez de la Vega Casta Diva La Diva Vendimia Tardia 2004
                  Muscat from Spain
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                  • Samos Vin Doux Muscat 2004 Front Label
                    Samos Vin Doux Muscat 2004
                    Muscat from Greece
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                    • Bonterra Bartolucci Vineyard Muscat 2004 Front Label
                      Bonterra Bartolucci Vineyard Muscat 2004
                      Muscat from Lake County, North Coast, California
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                      • Chateau d'Exindre Muscat de Mireval Vent d'Anges 2004 Front Label
                        Chateau d'Exindre Muscat de Mireval Vent d'Anges 2004
                        Muscat from Languedoc, South of France, France
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                        • Sutter Home Moscato 2004 Front Label
                          Sutter Home Moscato 2004
                          Muscat from California
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                          • Cantina Gorgo Rosa di Monte Torre 2004 Front Label
                            Cantina Gorgo Rosa di Monte Torre 2004
                            Muscat from Veneto, Italy
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