Celebrating Moscato Day! May 9, 2018

Moscato is a sweet Italian wine from the region of Piedmont, Italy, typically enjoyed as an aperitif or dessert. Flavors such as nectarine, pear, honeysuckle, peach, and orange are commonly found in Moscato complimenting the sweet Muscat grape.  This wine is low in alcohol content, and incredibly easy to drink.  The Muscat grape is eaten regularly by Italians and is also used for making raisins due to its naturally sweet taste that also lends very well to wine.  It’s one of the oldest wine grapes in the world!

Moscato has been booming recently and we can thank Hip-Hop for that. Hip-hop artists such as Nelly, Drake, Soulja Boy and Gucci Mane have all rapped about drinking Moscato.  Our influencers in the music world are also driving the American market of wine! Moscato has had a growing rate of 25 percent a year for the past three years!

There are six different types of Moscatofor you to enjoy: Red Moscato, Pink Moscato, Moscato Dessert Wines, Still Moscato, Semi-Sparkling and Sparkling Moscato.

Moscato d’Asti(semi-sparkling) and Asti Spumante(sparkling) are the most common Moscato’s you win find.  If you find a wine just marked “Moscato,” chances are it’s one of these.  Perfect for a nice summer day, these wines are bubbly, aromatic and sweet, and have a nice clean finish.

Still Moscato is a version that is non-sparkling and made with Muscat Blanc grapes.  This wine is a little dryer, but the flavors being so aromatic and fruity really make this refreshing.

Pink Moscato has a little bit of Merlot fusion to it! I think this wine was made solely for marketing purposes.  It worked!

Red Moscato is made from a cross two different types of grape: Muscat of Alexandria and Schiava.  The end result of this grape is called the Black Muscat.  Flavors such as raspberry, rose, and violets are embodied in this wine.

Moscato Dessert Wine is much sweeter than the typical Moscato. The grapes used are often partially dried to concentrate the sweetness.  Popular Moscato dessert wines come from Spain, France, Portugal, and Greece!  A wine so sweet you can pour it over ice cream.

So pick up your bottle in celebration of this wonderfully, sweet Holiday!