Crafted from the Muscat grape, Moscato wine comes from Italy's Piedmont region, an area known for its famous Barolo wine. In addition to wine, Muscat grapes are also eaten as table grapes and used in making raisins, but we prefer to get our fruit servings in liquid form, to be honest.
Moscato is a sweet wine known for its fruity characteristics. Thanks to its sweetness with a hint of fizz, Moscato is typically considered a dessert wine and is easy to drink for anyone new to wine tasting. There are many styles of Moscato wine, but these can be classified into three main types: white, pink and red.
White Moscato is, well. . . white. Simply known as Moscato, the wine's original version is sweet with a low alcohol content — about half the alcohol of most red wines — so drink up! As such, white Moscato is perfect for an afternoon spritzer or casual sipping.
Moscato's popularity has increased in recent years due to the demand for lighter-bodied sweet wines. Not only does Moscato offer delicate fruit and floral notes with undeniable sweetness, but it's also inexpensive. An incredible wine at penny-pinching prices? Sign us up!
Moscato varies wildly in dryness, fizziness and color, but all have a similar flavor profile. The most common type of Moscato wine is Moscato d'Asti, which is slightly sparkling and sweet.
A delightful variation on classic Moscato, Pink Moscato is a pleasant blend of Muscat Blanc grapes and Merlot. Since various levels of Merlot can be added to adjust the flavor profile, Pink Moscato offers an exciting lineup of flavors, including everything from vanilla and caramel notes to the more classic citrusy characteristics.
Depending on the brand, Pink Moscato can also have notes of raspberry, cherry, pomegranate, sweet jasmine and peach. It's a versatile wine that is perfectly paired with spicy appetizers, strawberries and whipped cream or pasta. We even love it with Chinese takeout! Practically any food served is only enhanced by Pink Moscato's delicate flavor profile.
The best of both worlds, Red Moscato blends red and white wines using black and orange Muscat grapes for a signature taste and smell that's undeniable. The wine features a broad range of fruity notes from peach to berry and wild cherry.
Red Moscato is a versatile option for any occasion, but it's best paired with fresh fruit, soft cheeses and spicy food. It's also a wonderful wine to bring to a party. Nothing says "thanks" to your hostess like a good bottle of wine.
How Do You Pronounce Moscato?
Moscato is pronounced "mo-ska-toh."
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