Moscato wines are best known for their fragile deliverance of a sweet and fruity palette experience that is typically lower in acidic content. For people who contend with heartburn issues, or are sensitive to high acidic beverages, but still want to enjoy a glass or bottle of good wine, the Moscato lineup is the way to go. However, for those looking to stock up their wine cellar with a collection of Moscato wines, please keep in mind due to the lower than usual acidity levels compared to other wine types, be mindful not to keep them in storage for too long.
Moscato wines get their name from the grape family known as Muscat. While today the Muscat can be grown anywhere, its origins start in Egypt. There are over 200 known variants of the Muscat grape, but those from Alexandria and the Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains are among the most common. The color varieties of these grapes are black, brown, gold, pink, red, and white. The refined Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains is the ideal grape for wine while the others are best suited as food to be eaten out of a fruit bowl. While the Italians seem to get most of the credit for the term Moscato as the genuine Moscato line comes from that nation. However, variations of it can also come out of California, USA, and Australia. History has it the ancient Greeks and Romans brought the Moscato Blanco Muscat to France when the expansion of their empires was still going strong. Over the span of time, vineyards of Muscat grapes could be found growing throughout the rich landscape of what we now recognize today as Europe. Later, as man’s reach extended to nations such as Australia and the Americas, so did the importation and experimentation of the Muscat grape. This is why we now have such a variety of different Muscato wines we enjoy today.
10. Vietti Cascinetta Moscato d’Asti
For meals featuring the game meat of duck or related, Italy’s Vietti Cascinetta Moscato d’Asti makes a perfect choice and usually sells at $17 USD per bottle. This semi-sweet wine features the top-notch lineup of Muscat grapes that is naturally crushed, pressed, and clarified. Because of this wine’s extremely delicate nature, should be stored in a no sulfite, low-temperature environment to avoid fermentation. Prior to bottling, the Vietti Estate adds yeast to the wine and raises the temperature anywhere between 54-57 degrees Fahrenheit (12-14 degrees Celcius).
9. Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato
Coming out of Australia, the Innocent Bystander Moscato d’Asti pink wine is a sweet, yet flirty, blend of strawberries and cream, featuring a hint of rose petals to tease the nose. It serves as a playful addition with its frizz ante bubbles, and the sweet endurance finish, making this wine an entertaining choice for the palette. On average, a bottle of Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato normally runs for $12 USD per bottle.
8. Saracco Moscato d’Asti
At $14 USD per bottle, the 2013 Saracco Moscato d’Asti white wine from Italy is an excellent choice for spiced-rich cuisines such as Asian, Indian, or Cajun. The lighter-bodied combination of floral aromas with the right balance of fizz and acidity offers a semi-sweet appeal that also parallels well with seasonal fruit.
7. Ecco Domani Moscato
2011 seems to be the best year for Italy’s Ecco Domani Moscato for that refreshingly sweet, acidic treat. Slightly lower in alcohol content than most white wines, the aromatic blend of honeysuckle, ripe peach, tangerine, and candied citrus delivers a perfect balance with the supporting stone fruit. This Ecco Domani Moscato comes in a vibrant black, blue, and white labeling that seems to add even more personality to a highly favored wine. If you can locate a 2011 Ecco Domani Moscato, great. If not, the rest of the lineup should work too.
6. Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d’Asti DOSC
From Italy, the white Muscat grape is what goes into a Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d’Asti. Among the finest restaurants around the world, it’s not uncommon to find this distinctly shaped bottle as part of the wine menu. The creamy texture of the peachy fruit is mixed with white flowers and offers an aromatic freshness that is very well balanced. Through the nose and on the palate, the balance is nothing short of perfect. The taste round is never too sweet, which makes it a great choice for any occasion. Normally, this wine goes for $12 USD a bottle.
5. Risata Moscati d’Asti
The Risata Moscati Asti is one of those wines you can either sip on its own or pair it up with just about anything your heart desires. It also makes a great wine base for a cocktail, such as a White Wine Spriter. This seductively sweet blend of juicy stone fruit, tart citrus, and floral honey makes this wine fresh and fragrant. Of Italian origin, the Risata Moscati d’Asti sells at most liquor stores for about $15 USD.
4. 2019 Elio Perrone “Sourgal” Moscato d’Asti
While the “Sourgal” Moscato d’Asti features a yellow color that switches towards a vivid and brilliant green. The aroma is intense with the orange flower, sage, yellow peach, and freshly pickled Muscat grapes. The palate takes in the sweet harmony of Muscat’s low acidic properties. As a dessert wine, the Sourgal is a sweet choice for any occasion. This is also a great choice to accompany finger foods as it’s just as competent as an appetizer wine. Normally, $19 a bottle is the price tag for this rather entertaining wine.
3. Castello del Poggio Moscato
The Italian classic, Castello del Poggio Moscato, features a heavenly sense of ripe peach and citrus, both by smell and by taste. The addition of sweet tangerine and well-balanced acidity seems to enhance the palette’s experience. This particular wine is well-known as a crowd-pleasing favorite. On average, Italy’s Castello del Poggio Moscato sells for $10 USD per bottle.
2. Stella Rosa Platinum
For 2021, the Stella Rosa Platinum is voted most often as the wine of choice for the dinner table. This somewhat sweet, sparkly wine features a variety of Muscat grapes that send off a crisp blend of aromatic and tasty elderflower, green apple, and vanilla. It’s an ideal wine of choice as part of the dessert menu or aperitif. This particular wine is among the best sellers and can sometimes be a bit difficult to come by, but for discerning taste buds, it’s worth it. Usually, for $14 USD, you can take home a bottle.
1. G.D. Vajra Moscato d’Asti
The semi-sweet and crispy integration of peach, apricot, and citrus meeting with herbal hints of exotic fruits make this a refined gem of the Moscato brand of wines. G.D. Vajra Moscato d’Asti consistently holds a solid reputation as one of Italy’s best at quality winemaking. The pale yellow color of this wine is enhanced with the perfect blend of a persistent and creamy fizz that leaves behind a long finish to a cleaned palette. Typically, this bottle of wine sells for around $24 USD.