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 Blanc255
- Other White Blends136
- Pinot Gris/Grigio133
- Other White Wine76
- Bordeaux White Blends38
- Chenin Blanc38
- Rhône White Blends38
- Pinot Blanc27
- Gruner Veltliner3
- Melon de Bourgogne3
Torres Vina Esmeralda 2004Muscat from Spain
Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2004Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2004Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Prunotto Moscato d'Asti 2004Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Liberalia Uno Dulce 2004Muscat from Toro, Spain
Gutierrez de la Vega Casta Diva La Diva Vendimia Tardia 2004Muscat from Spain
Samos Vin Doux Muscat 2004Muscat from Greece
Bonterra Bartolucci Vineyard Muscat 2004Muscat from Lake County, North Coast, California
Chateau d'Exindre Muscat de Mireval Vent d'Anges 2004Muscat from Languedoc, South of France, France
Sutter Home Moscato 2004Muscat from California
Cantina Gorgo Rosa di Monte Torre 2004Muscat from Veneto, Italy