Pairing Moscato with Food
Moscato wine has attracted a lot of attention lately, particularly among the 20
to 30 year old crowd. A once fringe wine several years ago is now a huge
seller, particularly in Canada. This increase in attention all seems to be
due to Canadian actor-turned-rapper Drake, who rhymed Moscato with model in the
2009 duet with fellow rapper Trey Songz on the song ‘I Invented Sex’. The
exact lyrics are: “It’s a celebration/clap, clap bravo/lobster and shrimp and a
glass of moscato/for the girl who’s a student and
her friend who’s a model/finish the whole bottle/and we gonna do it big like this.”
Moscato is the Italian for Muscat, which
is a grape that has a floral nose, and expressive fruit flavours. For
those new to the wine drinking world, it’s extremely popular as
its light, crisp and can either be sweet, dry, or prepared in a sparkling fashion.
If you’re shopping in the liquor store,
you might see Moscato d’Asti. This is the Italian dessert wine
version of Moscato. It’s a crackling, sweet, low in alcohol, and pairs well with desert.
In Italy you’ll also find Asti Spumante,
which is a sparkling wine made from Moscato. Asti Spumante pairs with
anything you’d pair a sparkling
wine up with, such as desserts, appetizers, fresh fruit, nuts or just as an aperitif.
Elsewhere in the world, many
other countries are producing phenomenal versions of Moscato, which you will find under the Muscat label
In France, you’ll find the Moscato grape
used in Alsace, where it is called an Alsace Muscat. These Moscato wines
tend to be dry, light, and low in alcohol while having the floral and grapey
aromas. They are a great match with fresh water fish such as Perch or
Down under in Australia there are lots
of wineries producing more and more Moscato (Muscat) wines. A lot of the
Moscatos in Australia tend to be light, medium sweet, zesty and a bit
fizzy. Not all Moscato wines are made the same, but if the wine falls
under this style, it would be a great pair with moderately sweet deserts such as
sponge cake, biscotti or apple crumble.
Moscato in California and in Canada is
known as Muscat. Again, dry and sweet styles are made. For dry
Moscato, seafood is a great choice. While not everyone can afford the
luxury of Lobster and Shrimp and a glass of Moscato, you’ll find these dry
Moscatos pairing well with any fresh water fish, or shellfish from the sea like
oysters, shrimp, and clams. The sweet versions of Moscato are perfect for
any desert you may be serving up.
Above we listed all the Moscato wines
that are produced with the Muscat Blanc grape. It needs to be stated there
are other versions of the Muscat grape that you should be aware of.
First up is the Blace Muscat, which is
made for table wine in Italy, Australia and France. However great dessert
wines are made from this grape in California and British Columbia.
Alexandria is a grape used for sherry, muscatel wines and liqueurs.
Ottonel is used for dessert wines in Romania, Austria, Croatia and the
Ukraine. It is also a grape used for dry wines in Alasce, and
Orange Muscat is used for dessert wines
in California and Australia. It is called Orange Muscat as it often has orange aromas.