Muscat / Moscato
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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.
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Bonny Doon Ca' Del Solo Muscat 2009Muscat from Central Coast, California
Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Malaga Botani Old Vines Moscatel 2009Muscat from Spain
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Two Hands Brilliant Disguise Moscato (500ML) 2009Muscat from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Rinaldi Moscato d'Asti Bug Juice 2009Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Robert Mondavi Moscato d'Oro (375ML half-bottle) 2009Muscat from Napa Valley, California
Bonterra Muscat (375ML half-bottle) 2009Muscat from North Coast, California
Vina Esmeralda Blanco 2009Muscat from Spain
Bartenura Moscato (OU Kosher) 2009Muscat from Italy
Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2009Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Les Cretes Chardonnay Cuvee Bois 2009Muscat from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
Trimbach Muscat Reserve 2009Muscat from Alsace, France
Grape Creek Vineyard Muscat Canelli 2009Muscat from Texas, Other U.S.
Castel De Paolis Azienda Agricola Lazio Rosathea 2009Muscat from Lazio, Italy
Loimer Muskateller 2009Muscat from Kamptal, Austria
L'Uvaggio di Giacomo Secco Moscato 2009Muscat from Lodi, California
Rizzi Frimaio Vendemmia Tardiva 2009Muscat from Piedmont, Italy
La Spinetta Moscato d'Asti Bricco Quaglia 2009Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Neirano Moscato d'Asti 2009Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Liberalia Uno Dulce 2009Muscat from Toro, Spain
Ravenswood Moscato Leggero 2009Muscat from Sonoma County, California
Cusumano Moscato dello Zucco 2009Muscat from Sicily, Italy
La Crotta di Vigneron Chambave Attente Vallee D'Aoste Muscat 2009Muscat from Valle d'Aosta, Italy