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.
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Bonterra Muscat (375ML half-bottle) 2007Muscat from North Coast, California
Robert Mondavi Moscato d'Oro (375ML half-bottle) 2007Muscat from Napa Valley, CaliforniaCurrently Unavailable $16.29Try the 2014 Vintage 18 9918 7916 28Save $2.50 (13%)
Two Hands Brilliant Disguise Moscato (500ML) 2007Muscat from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2007Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti 2007Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2007Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Zind-Humbrecht Alsace Muscat 2007Muscat from Alsace, France
Peirano Estate The Heritage Collection Muscat Canelli 2007Muscat from Lodi, California
Stag Hollow Muscat 2007Muscat from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Telmo Rodriguez MR Mountain Wine 2007Muscat from Spain
Eberle Canelli Muscat 2007Muscat from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Liberalia Uno Dulce 2007Muscat from Toro, Spain
Bonterra Bartolucci Vineyard Muscat 2007Muscat from Lake County, North Coast, California
Bonny Doon Vin de Glaciere Muscat 2007Muscat from California
Fernand Engel Cuvee Engel Muscat 2007Muscat from Alsace, France
Deer Run Winery Valvin Muscat 2007Muscat from Finger Lakes, New York, Other U.S.
Dom. Ernest Burn Alsace Clos Saint Imer Goldert Vendanges Tardives Grand Cru Muscat 2007Muscat from Alsace, France
Chateau Ste. Michelle Muscat Canelli 2007Muscat from Columbia Valley, Washington
Dom. Ernest Burn Clos Saint Imer La Chapelle Goldert Muscat 2007Muscat from Alsace, France
Bodegas Silvano Garcia Dulce Moscatel 2007Muscat from Jumilla, Spain
Gutierrez de la Vega Casta Diva Cosecha Miel 2007Muscat from Spain
Domaine de Blanes Muscat de Rivesaltes 2007Muscat from Languedoc-Roussillon, France