Moscato has become incredibly popular in recent days for being approachable for many different palates, super easy to drink on its own, or even as an aperitif. Consumers that appreciate a sweeter, lighter-bodied wine with low alcohol content seem to love this style, which comes at an equally attractive price point.
Moscato is a sweet white wine, with delicate notes of fruits and floral and seductive sweetness, making the perfect wine for casual drinks over the summer.
Born in the northern Italian region of Piemonte, Moscato (pronounced mo-ska-toh) has become something of a cultural phenomenon. Moscato has a slight fizz and flavors of peach, orange, and nectarine that are very attractive to many consumers.
Wines have perfumed aromas of mandarin, orange, pear, Meyer lemon, orange blossom, and honeysuckle. The wine's special floral aroma is from an aromatic compound called linalool, also responsible for some of the aromas found in mint, citrus flowers, and cinnamon.
Moscato Wine Styles
Though there's some variation between the different styles, Moscato generally has a pretty low alcohol content around 5-7%.(while most red wines have an alcohol content of about 12-14% ABV). The low alcohol content makes Moscato an excellent drink for casual sipping in the pool or as a sundowner, and why not? A perfect addition to a brunch-time appetizer.
Muscat grapes are a couple of thousand years old, and it can be found in most winegrowing regions of the world like Italy, France, Austria, Greece, Israel, and even Australia. Here are the most popular Moscato styles:
Sparkling and Semi-Sparkling Moscato
The Italian Moscato wines can be semi-sparkling, like Moscato d'Asti, or sparkling, like Asti Spumante. Moscato d'Asti is light-bodied and sweet with tropical fruits, perfectly balanced with zippy acidity, light bubbles, low alcohol at around 5.5%, and a clean, minerally finish.
Still (as in not sparkling) Moscato
Still styles are made with Muscat Blanc grapes but also other more aromatic Muscat varieties, like Muscat of Alexandria. Do not miss on Moscatel from Spain and Muskateller from Austria. They tend to be dry with no residual sugar, but since the aromatics are so expressive and fruity, they might appear sweet.
Pink Moscato is made with mostly Muscat grapes and usually blending with tiny fractions of fruity red wines to give it a ruby-pink color.
A little more challenging to find, there's a grape variety called Black Muscat. It produces wines full of red fruit, raspberry, rose petals, and violets.
Moscato Dessert Wines
In Southern Europe, warmer regions and extended sun exposure give place to more complex, rich, and deeply flavored wines, best known as dessert wines. In Jerez, Spain, they produce Moscatel Sherry with rich with caramel flavors. On the other hand, France produces Muscat de Rivesaltes and Muscat de Beaumes de Venise- known to have citrus and exotic, tropical fruit, and an exceptional level of acidity. In Portugal, Moscatel Roxo grapes give birth to Moscatel de Setúbal, and in Greece, Muscat of Samos comes in a wide range of sweet wines. In southern Italy, Sicilian winemakers use Muscat grapes and partially dry them to concentrate the sugars.
Also, South Australia's warm climate is home to the acclaimed Rutherglen Muscat, one of the richest and sweetest styles in the world.
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