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.
- Sauvignon Blanc926
- Other White Wine596
- Other White Blends579
- Pinot Gris/Grigio415
- Rhône White Blends197
- Chenin Blanc193
- Bordeaux White Blends163
- Gruner Veltliner124
- Pinot Blanc104
- Melon de Bourgogne21
- Grenache Blanc6
- Muller Thurgau6
- Pedro Ximénez1
Riondo Moscato d'Asti 2010Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Beringer Moscato 2010Muscat from California
Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Malaga Botani Old Vines Moscatel 2010Muscat from Spain
Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2010Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Colosi Passito di Sicila Moscato (500ML) 2010Muscat from Sicily, Italy
Samos Vin Doux Muscat (375ml half-bottle) 2010Muscat from Greece
Robert Mondavi Moscato d'Oro (375ML half-bottle) 2010Muscat from Napa Valley, California
Golan Heights Moscato (OU Kosher) 2010Muscat from Israel
Menage a Trois Moscato 2010Muscat from California
Castello del Poggio Moscato d'Asti 2010Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Angove Family Winemakers Nine Vines Moscato 2010Muscat from South Australia, Australia
Casteggio Oltrepo Pavese Moscato 2010Muscat from Lombardy, Italy
Jam Jar Moscato 2010Muscat from South Africa
Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti 2010Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Elio Perrone Moscato d'Asti Sourgal 2010Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Mirassou Moscato 2010Muscat from California
G.D. Vajra Moscato d'Asti 2010Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Torres Vina Esmeralda Blanco 2010Muscat from Spain
Bartenura Moscato (OU Kosher) 2010Muscat from Italy
Two Hands Brilliant Disguise Moscato (500ML) 2010Muscat from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Jacob's Creek Moscato 2010Muscat from Australia
Domaine Frederic Mochel Muscat 2010Muscat from Alsace, France
Hunt Country Vineyards Valvin Muscat 2010Muscat from Finger Lakes, New York, Other U.S.
Trinitas Cellars Moscato 2010Muscat from California