Moscato - a sweet wine worth revisiting
Who hasn't heard of Moscato? Considering the no of bottles and labels that line up the supermarket shelves one can't be faulted to wonder if there really is anything artisanal left in a Moscato? That it has it's own DOCG (Italian wine classification for place, grape, yield and region guaranteed by tasting) in Moscato d'Asti is almost lost in translation 🤔
Moscato is a victim of it's own success in some ways. While it took Italy 🇮🇹 to the world, 🌍 it wasn't as lucky as its other illustrious Italian siblings from other regions in achieving a more exalted status.
Moscato, which originates from the Moscato d'Asti region is not just a sweet, frizzy beverage but a real serious effort in the hands of artisanal vintners such as @tenutailfalchetto -a family of farmers 🚜🧺 dedicated to vines and wine for four generations with the first bottles of Moscato coming in as early as 1940.
Grown and lovingly tendered in vineyards 🌿 and wineries, the wines are enjoyable and meant to be drunk young, but are not without their moments of glory.
Pair them right with a semi sweet dessert (remember the golden rule- the sweetness of the wine must exceed the sweetness of the dessert) or pour one as an accompaniment to some breakfast and the Moscato will sing.
Moscato's birthplace is in Northern Italy's Piedmont region in the town of Asti and some surrounding provinces. Better known as Moscato d'Asti, these are v different from the basic Moscato produced and sold liberally worldwide or Asti Spumante, it's another Italian cousin.
With alcohol of under 6%, and a flavor profile of pear, melon, green apples and citrus fruit, a couple of 🥂 with breakfast will perk you up for the day!
The Ciombo and Tenuta del Fant aren't just an easy drinking sweet wine, but something much much more pleasurable, a real conversation starter.
If you think you have 'outgrown' the Moscato then we encourage you to give these two lovely bottles a go. It would be like rekindling an old passion.
The wines have earned some serious fame with the Ciombo from Il Falchetto earning Tre Bicchieri from Gambero Rosso a few times over.
Now at a delicious $29 ($25 for 6)
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