Getting to know
Muscat (muh·skat), called Moscato in Italy and Moscatel in Spain and Portugal is a storied grape found all over the world.
While this highly aromatic white grape thrives in warm Mediterranean climates, some of its most notable expressions were born in cooler climates, like Northern Italy’s Piedmont region, France’s Alsace, and parts of Germany. Today top expressions come from Italy, Spain, and France.
What to know about the muscat grape
Despite its many styles and resting places, the Muscat grape’s claim to fame may well be that it consistently and definitively tastes and smells of grape in all its forms – dry to sweet, sparkling to dessert wine.
While styles and variations are plenty, consistent flavors include tropical fruits like tangerine, mango, lychee, jasmine, beach rose, orange blossom, zesty orange, and sweeter spices.
where to find the muscat grape
Muscat wines show up in various styles the world over, with the most popular being sweet fortified, sparkling frizzante, and dry versions.
How to enjoy muscat wine
Muscat Wine Pairing:
A sweet, fruity wine, Muscat works well with spicy, sour, salty, and bitter foods as well as desserts.
Be mindful of the sweetness level of your Muscat wine. It handles spice well, so Asian and lighter Indian dishes work great. Also, enjoy with salads and grilled seafood.
Moscato d’Asti makes for a great brunch wine, pairing beautifully with salty, spicy foods – and, don’t forget that it is generally about 5.5% alcohol by volume, even better for your your morning events.
Practical Tips For Drinking Muscat Wine:
Glassware: Traditional white wine glass.
Shelf life: Drink frizzante and still wines younger. Fortified dessert wines can be held 10+ years.