May 13 2010

moscato d’asti

…my favorite summer sipping wine.

Last week while I was entertaining the winners from the crepe contest – I served Moscato D’Asti. As we emptied the bottles – I placed one next to my computer to remind me to share this great wine with you.

A few days later, I was perusing my news feed on FB when I ran across a comment from a new friend requesting feedback on a topic for a wine article she was writing. I suggested writing about (the bottle sitting next to my computer) Moscato D’Asti. I quickly got a reply pointing me to an article she had already written about Moscato D’Asti for Tidings.

I am happy to share Carolyn Evans Hammond’s expert thoughts about Moscato. Carolyn eloquently describes this great wine and recounts the three different types of Moscato styles.


Your Vinous Secret Weapon

What’s the world’s most undervalued wine?

This tidbit can change your life. Knowing its name will save you money so inadvertently make you richer. Pouring it for family and friends will dazzle them, making you smarter, cooler and instantly more popular—so relatively more famous in your sphere. It may even make you sexier if you consider the halo effect the newfound richness, smartness, coolness and fame will have on you, combined with the fact that your beloved will probably end up drinking more because the wine is delicious. And you know where that leads, pussycat.

The wine is Muscat, which refers to the winegrape itself. Sound vaguely familiar? My point precisely. Muscat’s low profile keeps it under the radar, under-priced, overlooked, and overachieving. I’ll even forgive you for thinking, “Oh yeah, isn’t that the sweet stuff from Australia and California?” because that’s probably its most well-known version. But like a lover who keeps you guessing, this intriguing variety goes by many aliases, hiding behind local names and styles. And in a single succulent sip, this wine can illicit a guttural moan before you realize it’s really that old flame, Muscat, in disguise—be it off-dry and sparkling, dry and still, or full-on sweet and rich.

Stumble upon a titillating dry table wine from Southern Italy called Zibibbo? That’s Muscat. Find a fragrant, sweet, golden Beaumes-de-Venise from Southern France? That’s Muscat. Captivated by an off-dry, gently sparkling Moscato d’Asti? That’s Muscat. And the feature that unites all Muscat wines: its perfume. It actually smells and tastes uncannily like ripe grapes, which may seem like a given but it’s probably the only winegrape variety that does so. And, like its name implies, it also has a certain hallmark musk-like aroma.

So let’s talk style…

Click here to read the full article.

Carolyn Evans Hammond’s latest book, Good, Better, Best Wines: A No-Nonsense Guide to Popular Wines, the first book to rank the best-selling wines in North America, was released this month and has already soared to 4th best-selling wine book on Amazon. It’s available at fine bookstores everywhere.

Click here to view the video trailer.