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Moscato, pronounced Mo-Ska-Toh, means Muscat in Italian, and is a grape that is planted all over Italy. It varies in color from white to near black, and is known for its fragrance, which is almost like a perfume. Moscato is a semi-sparkling, light-bodied wine that is lower in alcohol content, with a fruit-forward palate. A yellow straw color, with an occasional tinge of gold, it features amazing honeysuckle, orange blossom, ginger, and almonds with a very expressive fruit that is dominated by citrus tones, ripe peaches, and green grapes. Once you taste Moscato, you can expect sugar levels that range from sweet to semi-sweet along with forward fruit flavors of apple, pear, lime, and orange. The more inexpensive Moscato wines tend to exhibit very sweet fruity flavors, while the higher quality Moscato spotlights stone fruits like peaches and apricots.
Typically known as a dessert wine, it can also be enjoyed as an afternoon thirst quencher, an aperitif, or a delicious accompaniment to Sunday Brunch. Known as a frizzante, Moscato is not quite as bubbly as a sparkling wine like Asti Spumante, but is still very popular for its fresh and sweet fruit forward flavor.
This delicious white wine is meant to be consumed young and well chilled while it is still vibrant and fresh. When paired with apple desserts, meringue pies, hazelnut desserts, biscotti, lemon poppy breads, fresh berries, summer salads and cakes it is simply delicious. Although dessert is the wines forte, it is just as satisfying with nuts, antipasto and cheese platters.
Enjoy Moscato, and try the Piazzo Moscato d’Alba that hails from the Piedmont Region in Italy, or buy a bottle of Santa Stefano Moscato d’Asti from About White Wine.