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 Blanc286
- Other White Blends165
- Pinot Gris/Grigio136
- Other White Wine122
- Chenin Blanc62
- Bordeaux White Blends51
- Rhône White Blends48
- Pinot Blanc32
- Gruner Veltliner8
- Melon de Bourgogne7
- Muller Thurgau1
Gutierrez de la Vega Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (500 ml) 2005Muscat from Spain
Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2005Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2005Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Gutierrez de la Vega Casta Diva La Diva Vendimia Tardia 2005Muscat from Spain
Meloni Vini Moscato di Cagliari Donna Jolanda 2005Muscat from Sardinia, Italy
Dom. Ernest Burn Alsace Clos Saint Imer Goldert Vendanges Tardives Grand Cru Muscat 2005Muscat from Alsace, France
Domaine Frederic Mochel Muscat 2005Muscat from Alsace, France
Telmo Rodriguez Molino Real 2005Muscat from Spain
Sutter Home Moscato 2005Muscat from California
Robledo Family Winery Moscato 2005Muscat from Lake County, North Coast, California
Bonny Doon Vin de Glaciere Muscat 2005Muscat from California
Bray Vineyards Blanc de Noir Black Muscat 2005Muscat from Shenandoah Valley, Sierra Foothills, California
Chateau de Jau Rivesaltes Muscat 2005Muscat from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Bonterra Bartolucci Vineyard Muscat 2005Muscat from Lake County, North Coast, California
Fernand Engel Cuvee Engel Muscat 2005Muscat from Alsace, France
Chateau d'Exindre Muscat de Mireval Vent d'Anges 2005Muscat from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Audrey Et Christian Binner Alsace Hinterburg Muscat 2005Muscat from Alsace, France