In my opinion, if there is a white grape that can rival the most popular black grapes of Piemonte (Nebbiolo and Barbera), it is Moscato. Most people will know this grape in the form of Asti, the sparkling white wine formerly known as Asti Spumante. Although Asti is an excellent wine, I prefer Moscato d’Asti. Also made from the Moscato grape, Moscato d’Asti is sweeter and has a lower alcohol content (usually between 5.5% and 8%).
I have introduced many people to Moscato d’Asti over the last few years. The reaction is always the same. “What is this and where can I buy it?” The production of Moscato d’Asti is much smaller than its cousin, Asti. Unfortunately this means it may be a little harder to find, and could be a tad more expensive, though you can usually find a bottle of good quality Moscato d’Asti for less than $20. Look for Moscato d’Asti near the other sparkling wines in your local wine store.
Usually sold with effervescence, this sparkling bottle of gold is sweet with usual flavors of Elderflower and fruit. It is the perfect accompaniment to any dessert. A bottle of Moscato d’Asti DOCG from La Morandina paired perfectly with cupcakes to celebrate my recent birthday!