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The 8 Best Moscato You Should Drink in 2022

Moscato
This is our review of the 8 Best Moscato You should drink. Enjoy!
Moscato, in its dessert wine version, is known for its low alcohol content, sweetness, light bubbles (“frizzante” in Italian).
 
Typical notes are pear, peach, honey, and honeysuckle.
 
We’ll primarily focus on the Moscato and Moscato d’Asti DOCG dessert wine style. We’ll though briefly touch on the other three main Moscato styles too.
 
Have you ever found yourself staring at many Moscato bottles wondering which one you would like best?
 
I come from a nearby area and I know Piemonte very well, let’s say that you are going to have some local insight here.
 
As always we try our best to find high quality wine that offers great value for money.
 
We have picked a selection of the 8 best Moscato you can find in the market
 
We have also added an extensive buying guide so that you have all you need to make an informed decision.
 
Our best value bottle selection for you is Castello del Poggio Moscato d’Asti.
 
If you are after the best overall bottle, our recommendation is Ruffino Moscato d’Asti.
 
You’ll find the table of content below. Let’s start with the review!
4.2/5

Vivino’s tips: Featured in Vivino’s 2020 Wine Style Awards: Italian Moscato d’Asti (2017 Vintage)

Region: Italy, Toscana

Tasting notes: Apple, Pineapple, Grapefruit

This is probably one of the best Moscato d’Asti you can find at this price.

It’s light, refreshing, mildly sparkling, very easy to drink.

The key notes you’ll recognize are apple, pineapple, grapefruit, and a hint of vanilla.

4.2/5

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Yellow Peach, Orange, Honey, Acacia Flowers

The color is greenish yellow, brilliant live.

The aroma is intense and varietal: reminiscent of acacia flowers and orange, yellow peach, sage and freshly picked Moscato grapes.

The flavor is sweet and harmonious, balanced by a typical acid carrier of Moscato.

4.2/5

Vivino’s tips: Among top 2% of all wines in the world

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Apple, Pear, Honey, Jasmine

This is another very good bottle of Moscato d’Asti DOCG from Piemonte (i.e. Piedmont in English).

Very light, delicate, refreshing with notes of pear, apple, honey and jasmine. You can’t go wrong with this one!

4.2/5

Vivino’s tips: Featured in Vivino’s 2017 Wine Style Awards: Italian Moscato d’Asti (2015 Vintage)

Region: Italy, Piemonte

Tasting notes: Peach, Pear, Honey, Honeysuckle

Straw-yellow with golden reflections and a delicate mousse.

Intense and very inviting, with delicate scents of underbrush, musk and peaches.

Sweet but not at all cloying; well-balanced and with an extremely refined fruitiness.

4/5

Region: France, Languedoc-Roussillon

Tasting notes: Apricot, Nectarine, Citrus, Honeycomb

Straw of shiny gold straw. Fine nose with notes of white flowers, citrus and fresh mint.

Gourmet mouth, very fruity and perfect balance.

3.7/5

Region: France, Alsace

Tasting notes: Pear, Tropical Fruit, Vanilla.

Muscat with a white color, brings the roundness and the softness of the wine as well as the fruitiness.

The nose speaks by itself and the flavor lingers on the palate.

3.8/5

Region: United States, California

Tasting notes: Citrus, Peach, Ripe Apricot

Delightfully sweet with lush fruity aromas.

Hints of citrus skip across flavors of juicy peach and ripe apricots. A bright and crisp finish.

3.8/5

Region: United States, California

Tasting notes: Strawberry, Raspberry, Citrus, Orange, Jasmine.

The wine has aromas of Mandarin orange and sweet jasmine.

It has subtle flavors of cherry, raspberry, and pomegranate.

Buying Guide to Moscato

It’s not just about which Moscato you should buy.

There are other important aspects like how to serve it, food pairings, and much more.

The below buying guide will give you a detailed overview on all these topics.

Moscato Overview

Here you find an overview on where Moscato and Moscato d’Asti dessert wine style is most commonly planted.

Grape

Muscat Blanc

ABV

5.5%

Main Regions

Italy: Piemonte

Other Regions

Italy
USA

Grape

Muscat Blanc

ABV

5.5%

Main Regions

Italy: Piemonte

Other Regions

Italy
USA

Moscato Taste Profile

These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Moscato and Moscato d’Asti dessert wine style.

Color

Deep Lemon

Nose

Floral
Honeysuckle
Ripe Pear

Palate

Sweet
Light Bubbles
Ripe Pear, Lemon
Medium-High Acidity
Light Body

Color

Deep Lemon

Nose

Floral
Honeysuckle
Ripe Pear

Palate

Sweet
Light Bubbles
Ripe Pear, Lemon
Medium-High Acidity
Light Body

Moscato Food Pairings

These are some food pairing suggestions for Moscato and Moscato d’Asti dessert wine style. It pairs particularly well with spicy Asian food.

Appetitizer

Salami, Figs, Melon

Meat

Thai, Vietnamese, and Indian dishes

Fish

Clams
Oyster

Cheese & Dessert

Medium (Cheddar)
Firm (Parmigiano)
Fruit Tart, Sponge Cake, Panettone, Dried Fruit

Appetitizer

Salami, Figs, Melon

Meat

Thai, Vietnamese, and Indian dishes

Fish

Clams
Oyster

Cheese & Dessert

Medium (Cheddar)
Firm (Parmigiano)
Fruit Tart
Sponge Cake
Panettone
Dried Fruit

Serve and Store Moscato

Here you find some useful tips on how to serve and store Moscato and Moscato d’Asti dessert wine style.

Decant

Nope

Glass

Flûte
Viognier

Serve at

43 - 46 °F
6 - 8 °C

Store for

Up to 1.5 year

Decant

Nope

Glass

Flûte
Viognier

Serve at

43 - 46 °F
6 - 8 °C

Store for

Up to 1.5 year

What are the other Moscato styles?

There are at least other three Moscato styles you should be aware of.

Below we are going to take a quick look at them so that you know what to expect and what to do with them.

Pink Moscato
It is similar to the Moscato dessert styles we have discussed above.

The main difference is that it is blended with a red grape, usually Merlot, which adds strawberry notes. 

It pairs well with corn salsa, tortilla chips, grilled crab cakes, spicy pork for example.

Muscat de Rivesaltes -Vin Doux Naturel
This is a fortified wine, produced in a similar fashion to Port wine, with an ABV of at least 15%.

It’s very sweet, with a long finish and typical flavors of ripe apricot, yellow greengages.

It pairs well with foie gras, Roquefort cheese, fruit tart, and chocolate for example.

Dry Muscat
This is a dry wine version of Moscato, as opposed to the sweet wines we have seen above.

Typical flavors are grapefruit, tangerine, white flowers, and apple skin for example.

It pairs well with pâté, pad-Thai, white meat, whitefish, and wash-rind cheese like Munster.

Our Verdict

Moscato, in its dessert style, is known for its low alcohol content, sweetness, light bubbles (“frizzante” in Italian). Typical notes are pear, peach, honey, and honeysuckle.

If you have been through the buying guide, you should have a pretty good idea of how to navigate the Moscato world.
 
At the same time, you have probably realized by now, that there’s a big selection and, many styles.
 
The good news is that you can get very high quality usually at a good price if you know where to look!
 
That’s why proper guidance comes in handy. We hope our guide was helpful in this regard.
 
Our best value bottle selection for you is Castello del Poggio Moscato d’Asti.
 
If you are after the best overall bottle, our recommendation is Ruffino Moscato d’Asti.
 
As always, make sure to serve your Moscato at the right temperature and with the proper glass.

What to do next?

Be sure to serve your Moscato at the right temperature. 

Read our wine tasting guide to enhance your tasting experience and taste like the pro!

Alternatively, why don’t you check out our guides on Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio vs Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay?

FAQ

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Moscato.

What does Moscato mean?

Moscato comes from the Latin “muscum”, i.e. musky. The name was used to indicate it earthy musky aroma.

What is Moscato history?

Moscato is one of the oldest grapes in the world, probably started in Greece.
 
In Italy and in the Piemonte (Piedmont in English) region, it has been cultivated for many centuries.
 
The Moscato D’Asti DOCG production, is more recent roughly around late 1800s.
 
It appears it was used by the winemakers themselves as a drink for the lunch break.  
Thanks to the low alcohol content they could still carry out their tasks.

Where does Muscat Blanc grow best?

Muscat Blanc grows best in cooler regions on limestone and sandstone soil, which helps the grape to develop its typical flavors.

When is the perfect time to drink Moscato?

Back in the day, Moscato d’Asti was used as a digestif at the end of each meal. It’s soo light, fresh, sweet, and delicate that I’d have a glass of it every day.

Is Moscato sweet?

As we have seen above, there are three sweet styles and one dry.

The sweetness level of a wine is expressed in grams of sugar per liter, aka g/L, or as a percentage.

A dry wine contains less than 15 g/L. A sweet wine contains between 50-100 g/L. 

Learn more about wine sweetness level here.

What does the acronym DOCG mean?

DOCG stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. It’s the highest classification in Italy.

Every DOCG wine is tested before bottling by a committee of licensed judges which guarantee the quality of the wine.

Other common classifications are DO, IGT, and DOC. [1]

When is the International Moscato day?

The International Moscato day it’s the 9th of May.

Why is Moscato so popular in the US?

Because it’s very good I’d be tempted to say 😊!

It seems Moscato is very popular amongst Millennials.

Trey Songz, a popular Hip Hop singer, referenced Moscato in his song “I Invented Sex”, which has probably pushed its popularity through the roof.[2]

What’s Moscato's typical price range?

Moscato is an affordable wine. You’ll find good bottles of Moscato at around $10 – $20. 

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