To follow up on a recent post about the rising popularity of Moscato, we thought we’d offer a few more reasons why the fourth most widely planted grape in Italy is soaring in the United States.
- Price – typically $8 or less
- Low Alcohol – typically ~8-10% ABV (easy to consume)
- Sweet – U.S. wine drinkers prefer sweet over dry
(ref: Jancis Robinson reporting on Tim Hanni’s research)
- Everybody Loves Bubbles – for the frizzante style, Moscato is a fun beverage
- It’s Everywhere (Barefoot, Woodbridge, and Jacob’s Creek are popular brands that produce a Moscato)
As stated in our previous Say Hello To Moscato post, Moscato can be made without bubbles, producing a smooth, sweet, still version of the wine. However, the grape’s inclination to ferment rapidly makes the still style difficult to produce. The best examples of sparkling Moscato/Muscat wines are Moscato d’Asti and Asti Spumante.
Since we have two styles, it creates some interesting food pairings that skew toward fruits and sweets (although it does ok with meats in some cases).
- A Juicy Fruit: Peaches
- Go Greek with Souvlakia: A popular Greek fast food consisting of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer.
- The French Culinary Art of Charcuterie: Prepared meat products such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, pâtés, and confit, primarily from pork. The flavors are derived from the preservation process.
- A Delightful Dessert: Cheesecake
- Chocolate Craving: Switch it up and enjoy the musky, fizzy feel with white chocolate
Food & Wine offers some interesting pairings for Moscato d’Asti including gems like Honeyed Fig Crostatas, to Plum Puff Dumplings.
We caught up with Moscato and asked how it feels to be pushed into the limelight. We received a calm, cool, and collected response of “Pretty sweet.”
No pun intended I’m sure.