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 Blanc282
- Other White Blends165
- Pinot Gris/Grigio131
- Other White Wine115
- Chenin Blanc62
- Bordeaux White Blends51
- Rhône White Blends48
- Pinot Blanc31
- Gruner Veltliner8
- Melon de Bourgogne8
- Muller Thurgau1
Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2005Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2005Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Gutierrez de la Vega Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (500 ml) 2005Muscat from Spain
Fernand Engel Cuvee Engel Muscat 2005Muscat from Alsace, France
Robledo Family Winery Moscato 2005Muscat from Lake County, North Coast, California
Bonny Doon Vin de Glaciere Muscat 2005Muscat from California
Meloni Vini Moscato di Cagliari Donna Jolanda 2005Muscat from Sardinia, Italy
Chateau d'Exindre Muscat de Mireval Vent d'Anges 2005Muscat from Languedoc, South of France, France
Sutter Home Moscato 2005Muscat from California
Domaine Frederic Mochel Muscat 2005Muscat from Alsace, France
Telmo Rodriguez Molino Real 2005Muscat from Spain
Audrey Et Christian Binner Alsace Hinterburg Muscat 2005Muscat from Alsace, France
Bonterra Bartolucci Vineyard Muscat 2005Muscat from Lake County, North Coast, California
Dom. Ernest Burn Alsace Clos Saint Imer Goldert Vendanges Tardives Grand Cru Muscat 2005Muscat from Alsace, France
Bray Vineyards Blanc de Noir Black Muscat 2005Muscat from Shenandoah Valley, Sierra Foothills, California
Gutierrez de la Vega Casta Diva La Diva Vendimia Tardia 2005Muscat from Spain
Chateau de Jau Rivesaltes Muscat 2005Muscat from Rivesaltes, Roussillon, South of France, France