Right, I’m giving you the ‘heads up’ on this one (or rather, buy you purchase time….) – tomorrow 9th May is National Moscato Day! What – some of you may ask, is Moscato?
Moscato, or Muscat in Italian, is reported to be one of the oldest known grape varieties in the world. It is treasured for its versatility, ranging in flavour profile from sweet to dry, hence producing a wide range of wines from dry, floral wines to sparkling and dessert wines. Its intense perfume makes it very appealing, seeing it pair well with spicy and full-flavoured foods.
Suggested ways to celebrate World Moscato Day:
Create a cheese tasting session. Muscat wines, both sweet and dry match very well with salty, tangy cheese.
For those of you with sweeter tooth – try a dessert tasting session, pairing sweet Moscato with fruit desserts such as strawberry tart or simply pour it over sorbet.
An all-time favourite of mine, that never fails me when presenting to the tasting public that ‘don’t do dessert wines’ is made by Italian producer, Michele Chiarlo – Nivole Moscato D’Asti. I was at an Italian wine tasting, mid way through a flight of thirty or so reds. Those of you who are familiar with these guys will know they can be pretty bold. I was encouraged to taste the Moscato by a very knowledgable young lady, who repeatedly insisted despite my explanation of having not quite finished up with the tasting of the reds. I obliged, if only to not seem rude – and well, what an experience! The acidity refreshed my palate as I was greeted concentrated aromas of peach and apricot, with a hint of melon and sage. It was clean, light and delicate with a silky texture and a lingering finish. In all – perfect the perfect refreshment!
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