Moscato is a wine famous for its sweet flavours of orange blossom, peach and nectarine. Although the name comes from Italy, but the Muscat grape is one of the oldest cultivated varieties in world. Want to know more about Moscato wine? Keep reading on.
What is Moscato Wine?
Very often, Moscato wine is a sweet, slightly bubbly white wine made from Muscat Blanc grapes. Though Moscato wines are considered sweet varietals, their alcohol content – 5 to 7% ABV – and refreshing flavors make Moscato more than just a dessert wine.
Where does Moscato Wine come from?
Moscato is produced everywhere. From Brazil to Italy, Moscato’s presence over long periods of time in various different cultures suggest that Muscat grape variety is pretty old.
Moscato has one of the most different smell of all wines. It’s so different that wine enthusiasts commonly refer to it just as ‘Muscat Aroma’, which doesn’t help much. Experts that have studied the floral aromatics in Muscat, have found the prevalence of a chemical compound called linalool, which naturally occurs in citrus, mint, cinnamon and flowers.
3 Most Popular Styles Of Moscato Wine
Sparkling Moscato d’Asti – The most common style. Produced with Muscat Blanc grapes, this style is most found in Italy and is called Moscato d’Asti. Moscato d’Asti is a sweet frizzante bubbly known for its rich aromas and light alcohol level (something between 5-6% ABV).
Still Moscato – Also called Muscat Blanc or Moscatel, this wine style is typically white in colour and produced from either Muscat Blanc or Zibibbo grape. While this style is less common, some examples are produced to be totally dry, reaching alcohol levels of close to 12% ABV.
Dessert Moscato – This style is mostly found in the Southern Spain, South of France, Australia and the U.S. Dessert Moscato wines are typically produced with Moscatel grapes or Orange Muscat grapes and have a texture that is thick oily as well as tawny colour. This style is commonly oak aged.
Moscato Wine Characteristics
- Fruit Flavors: Peach, Apricot, Nectarine, Orange and Meyer Lemon.
- Aromas: Vanilla Bean, Honeysuckle, Orange Blossom, Rose, Caramel and Jasmine.
- Dry/Sweet: Sweet
- Acidity: Medium
- Similar Varieties: Riesling, Prosecco, Chenin Blanc, Malvasia.
Moscato Food Pairing
Chinese food makes a perfect combination with Moscato wine. That is because its low alcohol levels and sweetness blends well with lighter meats like chicken and light fish. But it can stand up to BBQ pork as well.