Moscato d’ Asti

Most of us have had a glass of the well-known Italian sparkler Asti Spumante at some point in our lives, but many people have never heard of her cousin: Moscato d’Asti. While both wines hail from the Piedmont region of north-western Italy and are made from the same Moscato Bianco grapes, they are actually quite different.

Asti Spumante wines are often mass-produced, while Moscato d’Asti is carefully made in much smaller quantities. During the fermentation stage, Moscato d’Asti winemakers stop the process earlier than they do with Spumante. This allows less sugar to be consumed by the yeast, resulting in a lighter, sweeter wine with less alcohol. Moscato d’Asti wines range from only about five to seven percent ABV, making them extremely easy-drinking.

Another distinction between these two types of wine is the bubbles. Asti Spumante wines are fully sparkling while Moscato d’Asti are what the Italians call frizzante in style. This means the wine has a light effervescence to it, with about half the carbonation of a typical sparkling wine. These tiny bubbles offer a refreshing tingle while balancing out some of the natural sweetness typical of the Moscato Bianco grape.

Moscato d’Asti is versatile enough to serve as an aperitif, but really shines as the perfect complement to just about any dessert. These highly aromatic wines have a mild sweetness counterbalanced by a vibrant acidity making them the ideal wine to serve alongside cakes, pastries and fresh fruit.

Michele Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti Nivole

Light golden yellow in color, Michele Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti Nivole displays enticing aromas of sweet citrus, honeydew melon and honeysuckle blossoms. This fresh, lightly effervescent wine is delicate and balanced on the palate with ripe flavors of tangerine, melon, mango and peaches which are underscored by bright acidity. The smooth finish offers up notes of honey and citrus. Enjoy Michele Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti Nivole with biscotti, gelato or fruit desserts such as bananas foster, raspberry-almond torte or apple crisp.
Approx Retail $15 (375ml)
86 Points – Wine Enthusiast
87 Points – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

Batasiolo Moscato d’Asti

Batasiolo Moscato d’Asti is a pale straw yellow in color with golden highlights. On the nose, the bouquet is delightfully intense with aromas of ripe peaches, pineapples and mangos. The aromas are echoed on the palate along with notes of lemons and orange blossoms. This light, slightly frizzante wine is full and flavorful with a good intensity. The finish is short and sweet. Serve this light, refreshing Italian white with Sunday brunch favorites such as waffles, croissants, eggs Benedict and of course fresh fruits. Batasiolo Moscato d’Asti is also fabulous with desserts like chocolate éclairs, tiramisu or mascarpone cheesecake.
87 Points – Wine Spectator
89 Points – Wine Enthusiast, Best Buy
Approx Retail $17

This uniquely fresh wine style also makes a wonderful choice for special occasions. For those of us who find Champagne to be “too fizzy,” Moscato d’ Asti makes a great alternative. Serve Moscato d’ Asti at weddings, anniversaries, holidays or anytime you’re in the mood for a sweet treat

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