What is Moscato Wine?

Moscato is a sweet wine created from Muscat grapes; its name comes from the word of Latin muscus (musk, raw material most commonly used as base notes in perfumery, present in almost all fragrant compositions). The wine bears this name for its intense sweet floral fragrance.

The berries of Muscat of Alexandria clusters are larger and more oval-shaped than those of Muscat blanc à Petits Grains – By Jérôme Loubès – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia

Colors Range of Moscato Grape

  • Whitish Muscat Grape: muscat Ottonel, cultivated in 1852 in France, is a young Muscat grape variety. The Muscat Ottonel is for assorting wine styles, from light-bodied dry wine to vibrant and delicious dessert wine).
  • Yellow Muscat Grape: Moscato Giallo is a white wine grape that prefers mountainous limestone terroirs and is widely grown in the Italian Alps. Make sweet dessert wines with roasted apples and light citrus notes which is dependant on the winemaker. This wine has 10% to 13% ABV).
  • Pink Muscat Grape: Moscato rosa del Trentino is a highly aromatic red-skinned wine grape and generally cultivated in Italy. It’s often combined with the Muscat Blanc grape to produce sweet rose wines with floral essences of honeysuckle, rose petals, and orange blossom).
  • Black Muscat Grape: Muscat of Hamburg is a late harvest grape. It’s for producing sweet wine with low alcohol content. Black Muscat usually is cultivated in California, Australia, France, Greece, and Italy. Interestingly, it does not have an intense floral aroma, unlike other varieties of muscat. Thus, red wines from black muscats are generally blended with wines from richer Moscato grapes to add more flavor).
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History of Moscato Wine

The Muscat Grape has two hypotheses about the origins of the Muscat grape’s date predecessors and its varieties. The first one is since to the ancient Egyptians and Persians of early antiquity (c. 3000-1000 BC), and the second one was grown during the period of classical antiquity (c. 800 BC to 600 AD) by the Romans and Greeks but with no substantial historical evidence.

The word “Moscato” technically comes from the Italian word for the Muscat family of grapes. Different varieties flourish throughout Italy and the world, transforming into sparkling, still, sweet, and notable wines.

On the other hand, Moscato Blanco, also renowned as Muscat Petits Grains, Muscat Blanc, and Muscat Canelli, considered the family’s noblest cultivated for at least 800 years. It is a compliant species of the recent Moscato distinguished as the foundation of Moscato d’Asti, being the style that many commercial brands seek to imitate.

The history of this well-known muscat grape goes back a few centuries. This is because the Muscat Blanc or Moscato Bianco, is the most traditional muscat grape. The grape originated in the humid and warm Mediterranean region in the 12th. Over the centuries, the muscat grape became established throughout Europe and other continents such as North America, Australia, and Africa. Thanks to the fact that the oenologists tried various techniques of aging and winemaking, the Muscat grapes and their wines have a wide range of styles.

Production of Moscato Wine

The muscatel grape one of its main characteristics is its particular fragrance, but its versatility makes it an attractive selection for winemakers. The Muscat grape can produce a dry, medium, sweet, sparkling, or even dessert wine, thanks to its low acidity
Muscat grape prefers warm climates and thrives in a typical Mediterranean environment.

The finest examples come from Italy, France, Spain, and Australia. However, In this sense, worldwide production is predominant in the USA 51% following with Italy 22%, Australia 10%, Spain & France 4%, Chile & SouthAfrica 2%, and other 6%.

Styles of Moscato Wine

These wines are famous for being wild and exquisite. In fact, sweet wines from this family will be available in various styles, from white wines, red wines to semi-sparkling wines and sparkling wines.

Still Moscato

This Muscat wine does not present bubbles. Still Moscato wine is made primarily from the Moscatel Blanc grape variety and other varieties of Moscato grape, such as the Muscat of Alexandria. Also, this wine has a sweet fruity aroma that confuses the brain, the wine seems sweeter than it is.

Semi-Sparkling and Sparkling Moscato

Many of the best categories of wines made in this style are the Italian Moscato wines, Moscato semi-sparkling, and sparkling wines are sweeter than Moscato wines and have high levels of sweetness very well stabilized with delicate acidity and a subtly mineral flavor.

Pink Moscato Wine

Usually related to Champagne, this style is a sparkling Moscato wine with a salmon pink color and a delightful effervescence. It’s a well-projected white wine from the Moscatel Blanc grape, and a touch of Merlot is added to color the wine. Even though Merlot is a dry wine grape, it incorporates sweet flavors of red cherries and raspberries to the Pink Moscato dessert wine.

Red Moscato

Red Moscato is a complicated wine to obtain made with the strange black muscatel grape frequently characterized by a unique fresh berry flavor and the flowery scent of rose petals and floral violet. It can also acquire a delicate taste of black tea and licorice in a black muscat wine.

Moscato Dessert Wine

Moscato dessert wine is one of the best-known wine styles from this wine family; in fact, it is famous for its lovely honeysuckle and nectarine flavor, its has low alcohol content (5% -7% ABV), and a high level of sweetness.

Pairing Food of Moscato Wine

Moscato’s sweet taste and prudent acidity make it perfect for spicy foods. These wines are inclined to be served with cold cuts dishes, as the main salt content stabilizes the wine’s sweetness. The flavors of this wine indeed come to life when paired with Asian foods, mostly Vietnamese and Thai.

Vegetables and Vegetarian Food

Celery, green onion, tofu, pineapple, carrots, orange, fennel, mango, red and yellow pepper.

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Herbs and Spices

Cloves, ginger, teriyaki, peanuts, basil, lime, mint, coriander, cardamom, shallots, cayenne pepper, chili, BBQ sauce, cinnamon, sweet and sour, galangal, orange, marjoram, cashew, and fennel.

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Meats

Pork sirloin, chicken, halibut, turkey, duck, shrimp, BBQ pork, crab, lobster, cod, and light flaky fish.

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Cheeses

Finally, if you want to mix a sweet wine from this family with cheese, select medium to hard cheese varieties, it will coordinate perfectly.

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