Do you love wine- specifically Moscato wine- but don’t know which variety goes well with what? Did you know you can identify the best Moscato wine with regards to how it rolls in a glass? Find out the best way identify the good stuff.
Background Information about Moscato Wine
Pairing wine with the right food is an art you should learn. This post is the perfect guide for those who have no clue of the best Muscato wines out there and what to serve with. After reading this guide, you should be the wine connoisseur among your friends and family.
Muscat grapes are some of the ancient winemaking fruits. They are well known in the ancient Greek and Rome. A number of Muscat varieties are used in production but the top-notch wines are derived from Moscato di Canelli or Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains. This is the fourth most widely grown white grape in Italy. In California, the most popular grape is the Muscat of Alexandria but in this article, we will be referring to Muscato from Italian Muscat. Muscato label applies to a wide variety of wines from dessert, non-sparking, fully-sparkling, to very sweet wines. They feature an aroma that is more inclined to peach, orange blossom, and floral. Here is a list of the top Moscato wines.
- Fish Eye
Fish Eye Muscato come in ”cardboardeaux” packages. They can be packaged in bottles, but the wine box is more widely used. The box holds an equivalent of 4 bottle wines. Eye fish Moscato is ideal for glass-free occasions such. You can also take it to a summer event and enjoy with your friends at the beach.
- Flip Flop
This is by far the best fully-sparkling Muscato from the Northern region of Piedmont Italy known as Asti. All wines from this region are labeled as Moscato d’Asti. In the making of Flip Flop Moscato, the fermentation process is halted when the level of alcohol hits 5.5% by reducing the temperature. It has a natural frizzy appeal which is as a result of the Carbon dioxide produced during the fermentation process. Some CO2 disappears into the air and the rest is retained in the wine. Winemakers filter the drink to eliminate yeast so it doesn’t keep on fermenting after packaging. And that is how flip-flop Moscato wine is made.
This is one of the few wines you fall in love with the first time you taste. Bartenura is light-bodied, sweet, and 5% in alcohol. This means it is perfect for desserts due to low alcohol content. It is very frizzy and has a particular feel that is associated with champagnes, meaning that it is great for just any event. For the best experience, take Bartenura with cheese, fruits, and just any dessert. If you don’t find it in the local wine store, check from the popular vintners of your country. To get the best taste out of this wine you will need to think a bit out of the box, as the best taste of this variety comes with tumbler glasses, such as these here. This kosher wine really needs a hug just before you take a sip.
This also the popular Moscato di Asti. So, it originates from Asti, a Northwestern town in Italy. It is created with celebrations of great and genuine things in mind. It can rev up any occasion involving friends and family.
If you want a ‘flat’ wine, the Yellowtail Moscato will quench your thirst. Its quality is like that of the common Yellowtail. It is mainly based in Australia and supplied by 3 brothers who know their job so well. Yellowtail is both affordable and fun. It is vibrant and full of flavor, helping you to create enjoyable moments. While this wine can be taken from a champagne glass, or any other tall glass, there is a good way now to warm it up slightly with a stemless champagne glass, just like the ones here, that seems like it was built for just this occasion.
Moscato is a huge cultural hype, particularly in the hip-hop industry. It has even inspired iconic musicians like Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and Drake. What’s more, it is low in alcohol, affordable, and gives a frenzy mood to just any occasion. The amount of Muscat being produced in Italy is not sufficient to supply to the entire world. Some companies are buying it and that’s the cost of the grape is escalating. Additionally, it is being planted in California, France, Chile, and Australia but it will take longer for the new plantings to hit. In a bid to increase the volume, major winemakers are blending other white grapes with Muscat.
Don’t be Confused
If you are seeking the best and most complex food-friendly Moscato, stick to Italy’s Moscato d’ Asti. But do not confuse this label with Asti Spumante- a fully-sparkling wine made from Nothern Italy’s Muscat which also has higher alcohol content. Moscato d’ Asti comes from the best and ripest grapes by small winemakers who also make some of the greatest red wines such as Barbarescos and Barolos. Asti Spumante comes from large corporations and winemakers who do it on an industrial basis. Thus, the quality of grapes used don’t measure up to the standards of Moscato d’ Asti.
Some of the greatest producers of Moscato d’ Asti wine include La Spinetta, Bera Vittorio, Saracco, Marchesi di Grésy, Ceretto, Boro Margliano, Vietti, and Fratelli Barale. Their wines are not easy to come by but some are readily available at local wine stores with prices ranging from $12 – $20. If you are in California, try La Sirena Moscato Azul by Heidi Barrett. It is derived from Canelli grapes, full of flavor, and fairly dry. But you have to incur almost double the cost of common Moscato d’ Asti wines. Avoid Moscatos by giant winemakers such as Constellation Brands, Wine Group, Casella Wines, and Gallo.
Anytime you want an inexpensive, sweet, sparkling, acidic wine to accompany your desserts or simply an aperitif, you can count on Moscato wines highlighted above. They pair nicely with most of the foods that also go well with Riesling e.g. savory courses, cheeses, Asian dishes, and tapas. The most amazing savor you can get is by combining a great Moscato with blue cheese. The sweet taste of the wine augurs perfectly with the salty character of the moldy cheese. Such a combo is best served after a great meal, that is, as dessert. But be sure to check with your guests to be on the safe side. Make sure that the wine is chilled and the cheese is at room temperature. The greatest advantage of Muscato is that its sweetness is pure and you won’t slam your guests with high alcohol.