What is Moscato Wine?
Moscato (also referred to as Muscat) wine comes from one of the oldest grapes in the world, Muscat. These grapes are higher in sugar content, and during the wine making process, the fermentation step is often stopped a bit sooner than usual, leaving a decent amount of sugar in the wine. As such, Moscato is typically a sweet, fruity wine. It also tends to be semi-sparkling, and can range from being golden in color to dark (when fortified.) The wine has its origins in Piedmont, Italy, but a good amount is also made in Australia, Spain, France, and California. (INTERESTING FACT: Moscato has seen a surge in popularity over the last few years due to it becoming the drink of choice for many hip-hop artists.)
Style of Moscato Wine
Moscato can be presented in 3 different styles: Moscato d’Asti, which is the sparkling variety; still, non-sparkling, which can be on the dry side; and fortified Moscato, which is a dessert wine that is usually oak aged, and higher in alcohol content. All should be served cold.
Aromas & Flavors
Moscato is well known for giving off musky or perfumy aromas. You may also get honeysuckle, peach, orange blossom, almonds, and mineral. Flavors include orange, lime, peach, and apricot.
Many believe Moscato to be mainly a dessert wine, which it is true that it will go well with berry and creamy desserts; however, there are other non-dessert foods that will go well with it as well. Try drinking it with spicy Thai, Korean, or Indian foods. You can also give a blue cheese or cheddar pairing a try.
ABV & Calorie Count
The typical alcohol by volume (ABV) content is 5% to 8.5%; however, the fortified versions can be higher at around 12%. The typical calorie count is around 127 calories for a 5 ounce glass.