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What exactly is Moscato & what does it go well wit

I was over at a friends house when she introduced me to Moscato. It smelled wonderful & when I tasted it, It was even better than what I thought it could be!!

What exactly is it? & Why don\'t many restaurants offer it?

When I find a place that actually does offer it on their wine list, I either get it as a before or after dinner drink because I have no clue as to what I should pair it with.

Can you give me some information on it?

Thanks so much!!

Answer From Expert Becky Sue Epstein

Moscato is a lightly sparkling wine, meant to be enjoyed as an aperitif, say, before brunch. Moscato d'Asti is made from one of the Muscat grapes around Asti in northern Italy. This is a lovely wine, much under-appreciated in the US -- it's great that you've discovered it!

It's often enjoyed on its own. If you want to try pairing, try light, fresh cheeses -- or dishes made with them, also try nuts and simple sweets like biscotti.

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Becky Sue Epstein is an experienced lifestyle writer and editor, concentrating on wine and spirits. For the past twenty years she has provided food, wine and spirits coverage for local, regional, and national publications including Art & Antiques, Food &

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Answer From Expert Roger C. Bohmrich, MW

You could have had any one of many types of Moscato, or Muscat, at your friend's house. As a family, they are noted for their pronounced, scented aromas.

Moscato is grown in many parts of Italy. Piedmont in particular is known for its fully sparkling version, Asti Spumante, and its semi-sparkling cousin, Moscato d'Asti, the best of which are absolutely delightful: perfumed, delicately sweet yet possessing fresh acidity, and low in alcohol. This Moscato can be found in many Italian and other fine restaurants. It is delicious just by itself or with simple desserts emphasizing fresh fruit and butter pastries.

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Roger has enjoyed a lengthy career in the wine trade as an importer and retailer, and at present he is an educator, speaker and consultant. He set up and managed Millesima USA, a New York merchant affiliated with Europe's leader in direct sales of fine wines to consumers. Previously, he served as senior executive of Frederick Wildman & Sons, traveling regularly around the world to visit wineries and taste the new vintage from barrel. Roger became one of America's first Masters of Wine in 1993.

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