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 Blanc480
- Other White Blends283
- Other White Wine241
- Pinot Gris/Grigio218
- Rhône White Blends93
- Bordeaux White Blends84
- Chenin Blanc71
- Gruner Veltliner42
- Pinot Blanc42
- Melon de Bourgogne9
- Grenache Blanc1
- Muller Thurgau1
Robert Mondavi Moscato d'Oro (375ML half-bottle) 2007Muscat from Napa Valley, California
Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2007Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Bonterra Muscat (375ML half-bottle) 2007Muscat from North Coast, California
Two Hands Brilliant Disguise Moscato (500ML) 2007Muscat from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Bodegas Silvano Garcia Dulce Moscatel 2007Muscat from Jumilla, Spain
Tenute Dettori Romangia Moscadeddu 2007Muscat from Sardinia, Italy
Bonterra Bartolucci Vineyard Muscat 2007Muscat from Lake County, North Coast, California
Deer Run Winery Valvin Muscat 2007Muscat from Finger Lakes, New York, Other U.S.
Sumarroca Penedes Dry Muscat 2007Muscat from Penedes, Spain
Dancing Coyote Moscato 2007Muscat from Clarksburg, Yolo County, California
Telmo Rodriguez MR Mountain Wine 2007Muscat from Spain
Enrique Mendoza Alicante Moscatel de Mendoza 2007Muscat from Spain
Bonny Doon Vin de Glaciere Muscat 2007Muscat from California
Peirano Estate The Heritage Collection Muscat Canelli 2007Muscat from Lodi, California
Dom. Ernest Burn Alsace Clos Saint Imer Goldert Vendanges Tardives Grand Cru Muscat 2007Muscat from Alsace, France
La Crotta di Vigneron Chambave Attente Vallee D'Aoste Muscat 2007Muscat from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
Fernand Engel Cuvee Engel Muscat 2007Muscat from Alsace, France
Stag Hollow Muscat 2007Muscat from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Domaine de Blanes Muscat de Rivesaltes 2007Muscat from Muscat de Rivesaltes, Roussillon, South of France, France
Sutter Home Moscato 2007Muscat from California