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 Blanc1412
- Other White Wine975
- Other White Blends884
- Pinot Gris/Grigio605
- Rhône White Blends274
- Gruner Veltliner235
- Chenin Blanc228
- Bordeaux White Blends213
- Pinot Blanc161
- Grenache Blanc26
- Melon de Bourgogne23
- Muller Thurgau12
- Pedro Ximénez1
- Ribolla Gialla1
Vino dei Fratelli Moscato d'Asti 2012Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Uvaggio Moscato Secco 2012Muscat from Lodi, California
Sequin Moscato 2012Muscat from California
Ecco Domani Moscato 2012Muscat from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Secco Italian Bubbles by Charles Smith Moscato 2012Muscat from Italy
SIP Moscato 2012Muscat from California
Fortant Coast Select Muscat 2012Muscat from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Bodegas Jorge Ordonez Malaga Moscatel Old Vines 2012Muscat from Spain
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Earl Stevens Moscato 2012Muscat from California
Saracco Moscato d'Asti (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Two Hands Brilliant Disguise Moscato (500ML) 2012Muscat from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
Batasiolo Moscato d'Asti Bosc dla Rei 2012Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Martin & Weyrich Allegro Moscato 2012Muscat from California