For me Moscato d’Asti and Christmas share a common link.
What does Moscato d’Asti and Christmas have in common?
When I think of both, it reminds me of celebration, family and giving.
In my household, we drink Moscato d’Asti in equal proportions at breakfast and for dessert. On both occasions is it normally with our closest friends or family with us, and our children and at our home.
What is Moscato d’Asti?
While most consumers recognize Asti Spumante instantly, few have heard of a related though very different wine, Moscato dAsti. Asti Spumante refers to a fully sparkling wine with straightforward sweet and fruity flavors, which is best enjoyed on its own or as a dessert selection. Moscato dAsti on the other hand, is one of the worlds great wine styles. It is a low alcohol, semi-sparkling wine with about half the carbonation of a typical sparkling wine, and is released very soon after the vintage to preserve its uniquely fresh character. It is extremely aromatic with a famously complex perfume, and generally has a mild level of sweetness which is counterbalanced by vibrant acidity. Moscato dAsti makes an exceptional dessert wine but is also versatile enough to have as an aperitif. Served alone, it is one of the most refreshing wines in the world, and one would be hard pressed to find something better for a hot summer day. One final noteMoscato dAsti is always best consumed within two years of the vintage. http://www.tastings.com
Via Mondo Imports, we represent the wines of Paolo Saracco http://www.paolosaracco.it/ into Australia and we ship the wines of Saracco mutiple times of the year to maintain freshness. With Moscato freshness is the key. If you see Moscato on a wine list or in a wine shop that is more than a couple of years old, just be weary. Moscato d’Asti is like bread: the fresher the better. Once it is no longer fresh, it will lose it zing and ability to cut through the palate.
In Australia, we import most of the top producers of Moscato D’Asti into Australia. Look for:
These five producers make fine examples of Moscato d’Asti and represent their own take on the variety.