The Sweet Life

February 2014
Written By: 
James Ginley

Grab a Moscato for a romantic Valentine’s Day treat

Castello del Poggio Moscato d’ Asti
Asti, Italy, $13
One of the first Moscatos to appear in this area. Appealing freshness and a taste that reveals the varietal character of the grape. There is delicate sweetness and a fine aroma that make it an ideal match for desserts and fruit salads. The house Moscato at Olive Garden restaurants.

Rinaldi “Bug Juice” Moscato d’Asti 2012
Asti, Italy, $15
A catchy name and label give this one an edge. But inside the bottle, a richer, fuller wine is unveiled and you are rewarded on the palate with light sweetness. Fruity, but a bit of acidity and a tasty finish. Like all the rest, alcohol is low, between 6 and 9 percent.

Pavia, Italy, $14
Production techniques create a wine that yields the rich aroma of the Moscato grape, making a light, slightly effervescent wine with fresh peach notes. Served chilled. Great as an aperitif or with strawberry shortcake and other red fruits.
Risata Moscato d’Asti 2013
Italy $10
Honey, peach and apricot flavors combine to make a well-balanced Moscato. For the money, one of the best available and comes in a distinctive blue bottle. Enjoy with your favorite dessert, fresh fruit or by itself.

Stella Rosa Moscato d’Asti
Asti, Italy, $14
Grapes are harvested from many vineyards in northern Italy. The flavor profile is refreshing, with hints of pear and apples. Serve it chilled with fruit, cheese and spicy cuisine.

Photographs courtesy of the wineries