Tomorrow Is National Moscato Day — Let’s Celebrate!

moscatoAnd you thought tomorrow was just another Wednesday.

Not so. Tomorrow is National Moscato Day.

If you intend to raise a glass of this fun, delicious, delightfully sweet wine to celebrate, you’ll need a few fascinating facts to work into the subsequent small talk.

Here are 10…

  1. Moscato smells almost as good as it tastes. Honeysuckle and orange blossom are among its alluring aromas.
  2. As for the flavors, you can almost always expect to experience peach and orange. Others flavors will vary depending upon the clone and the place where the grapes are grown.
  3. Moscato is the Italian name for Muscat Blanc.
  4. Muscat Blanc is one of the oldest wine grape varieties known to man, dating back to the Ancient Greeks.
  5. Two of the favorite ways to enjoy Moscato are in forms known as Moscato d’Asti and Asti Spumante. Moscato d’Asti is semi-sparkling, while Asti Spumante is fully sparkling. Just to confuse matters, some wines labeled simply as Moscato are made in a bubbly style.
  6. While Moscato wines typically are semi-sweet or sweet, the variety can be made into really, really sweet dessert wines. In Australia, these wines — made primarily in the Rutherglen region — are known as “stickies.” (I have been known to pour Rutherglen Muscat over French vanilla ice cream for a two-continent dessert.)
  7. Awesome food pairing and a simple meal: Moscato with teriyaki chicken and chow mein from Pandra Express.
  8. It also pairs wonderfully with vegetables and just about any Asian fare. Most spicy dishes work quite nicely with Moscato.
  9. Pink Moscato is not in any way related to White Zinfandel. It’s typically made with a splash of Merlot to give it its color and a hint of berry flavor.
  10. Unless you’re hanging with unadulterated wine snobs, it’s perfectly okay to transform your glass of Moscato into a fizzy, fruity cocktail. Just add a few peach and orange slices, and enjoy.


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