Aromas, Sweetness, and More
Moscato wines have the reputation of offering some of the most intriguing aromas in the wine world. Floral, aromatic, and spiced are typical scent notes from this potent white wine, and the smell can be much more precise than that.
Along with unique scents, the wine offers a wide range of sweetness, low acidity, and malleability that winemakers easily use to impart their unique imprint. Those who would like a sparking, semi-sparkling, or dessert wine will also find Moscato a ready choice. It is typically made with high sweetness and lends itself well to bubbling.
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The History of Moscato Wines
Unlike many varietal wines, Moscato is made from a family of grapes called Muscat and not one single variety. Muscat may be the oldest cultivated grape, with hundreds of varieties in the family. While there are more red muscat grapes than white, white grapes are more often used in wine production. It is also offered as a table grape virtually anywhere Muscat is grown due to its distinctive smell and taste. Almost all muscat grapes have monoterpenes, the chemicals responsible for the enchanting smells of the wine.
The Italians developed the most popular version of Mosacato, Mascato d’Atsi, as early as the fourteenth century. It is semi-sparkling and has earth-like aromas that are musky and unusual in sweet wines.
Moscato is often a white wine with high sugar, low acid, and no tannins. It contains elegant notes, including grapes, roses, and peaches. Barrel-aging Moscato can produce intense and sweet notes, like fruit cake, toffee, coffee, and more.
One of the joys of choosing a Moscato is exploring the unusual scents of the wine. Elegant Moscatos might have honeysuckle, ginger, white blossoms, sherbet, candied apple, and other unusual tastes. Additionally, many red grapes in the Muscat family are used to make red wine with the floral and berry notes common in white Moscato.
Food Pairings for Moscato
Pairing Moscato with spicy foods and Asian dishes is almost always certain to make an exceptional meal. Moscato’s low alcohol and intense sugars work well with spicy and aromatic dishes. However, you can also pair Moscato with low-fat meats such as chicken and halibut, medium cheeses, and many vegetables, including celery, bell peppers, and carrots.
Due to its low acidity, Moscato can only be aged well for a short time. The rough maximum you can hold onto a bottle of Moscato is four years, but some vintages cannot handle this. It is best to enjoy Moscato soon after purchasing or choose a fortified Moscato with higher acidity that will benefit from its patient wait in your cellar.