Moscato is a sweet Italian wine, famous for its fruity notes. This white wine is usually thought of as a dessert wine with a touch of fizz. Although there is some difference between the various types, Moscato usually has a low alcohol content of around 5-7 per cent. Low alcohol content makes Moscato a fantastic dessert drink for casual sipping, or a perfect addition to a brunch-time spritzer that won’t ruin your whole day. Moscato wine is popular for its sweet taste of peaches and orange blossom. The term Moscato (‘ moe-ska-toe ‘) is the Italian name for Muscat Blanc – one of the oldest wine grapes in the world by which it is produced.
So, let’s find out more about this fascinating wine –
Among the most prominent Moscato wine variants is the Italian wine called Moscato d’Asti from Piedmont. Wines have aromas of ripe pear, mandarin orange, orange blossom, sweet meyer lemon, and honeysuckle. The distinctive floral fragrance of the wine is that of an aromatic material called linalool, which is also present in cinnamon, mint and citrus flowers.
Different types of Moscato
Pink Moscato is a delightful wine variant, featuring white Moscato wine made from Muscat Blanc grapes, with a dash of Merlot for added effect. Owing to its more diverse composition, Pink Moscato has an exciting array of flavourful nuances — rich caramel and vanilla notes that play nicely with the fruitier flavours more closely related with the common Moscato d’Asti variety — citrus, nectarine, and peach.
The thoroughly sparkling variant of Moscato, Asti Spumante or simply Asti, is the homage of Muscat Blanc grapes to champagne.
It is the most common type of Moscato wine. It’s white, sweet and slightly sparkling, made from Muscat Blanc grapes. Moscato d’Asti is basically what you’re going to get when you ask for Moscato in most establishments.
Made of black and orange Muscat grapes, Red Moscato is the best combination in terms of red and white wine. While it still has the classic Moscato taste and scent, the red Moscato features a variety of fruity notes from wild cherry to berry and peach.
Also known as Muscat Blanc or Moscatel. This Moscato comes without the signature sparkle of the wine, and uses either Zibibbo or Muscat Blanc grapes. You’re not going to find this still white wine in every store, but if you do, it’s a bit different, so the intense Moscato fans might not enjoy it as much as their regular bottle. Some of them are interesting to try Moscatos, which are completely dry, featuring ABVs that more strongly resemble other wines. The alcohol content is around 12 percent.
Although all Moscatos are quite sweet and have a sterling reputation as a dessert wine, this oak-aged style is generally associated with wine made from Moscatel grapes, originating from different regions of the world — France, the United States, South America and more.
So what are you looking for? Go out there and pick up a bottle of Moscato and enjoy.