Muscat Love

By: Kevin Hess

Break out the party hats and the fancy wine stoppers because May 9 is a day many wine lovers can appreciate – National Moscato Day.

A quick trip in history, Moscato is an Italian wine born in the Piedmont region. Made from the muscat grape, the wine has distinct floral smells and overall sweeter taste.

Typically, Moscato has a low alcohol content with a moderate acidity level. Interestingly, Moscato comes in both a red and white form and has flavor notes of orange, peach and apricot. A versatile wine, Moscato comes in three styles: Moscato d’Asti, a slightly bubbly wine; still moscato; and dessert moscato.

With its sweet taste and light texture, Moscato pairs beautifully with spicy cuisines, particularly Asian food. However, it also complements chicken, turkey, duck and some seafood. If meat isn’t for you, try it with carrots, mango, green onion and even tofu.

Below, we’ve listed a few of Sonoma’s Moscato producers:

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
24724 Arnold Drive (Hwy 12)
Sonoma, CA, 95476

Robledo Family Winery
21901 Bonness Road
Sonoma, CA, 95476

Favero Vineyards and Winery
3939 Lovall Valley Road
Sonoma, CA, 95476

Ravenswood Winery
18701 Gehricke Road
Sonoma, California

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