If you can’t be with the Moscato d’Asti you love, love the Moscato d’Asti you’re with.
People ask me all the time: what’s your favorite wine?
And like most wine professionals across the world, I always tell them the same thing.
The wines I call my “favorites” depend on what I’m eating, with whom I’m eating, and where we are drinking it.
My 86-year-old mother prefers Dolcetto with her herbed baked salmon that she makes at home. My wife loves Chardonnay with her Kung Pao chicken that we get at our favorite Chinese restaurant.
The other question that we wine professionals often get is what’s the best wine in the world? And then there’s the corollary question, what’s the best wine in [insert appellation or category here]?
Since I’ve been contributing to this blog (two years now and running!), I often get asked what’s your favorite [or best] Moscato?
It’s a fair question. But my answer, always the same, is fair as well:
My favorite Moscato d’Asti is the one I’m drinking.
Sometimes I expand on that one, telling the inquiring mind that
if you can’t be with the Moscato d’Asti you love, love the Moscato d’Asti you’re with.
When it comes to Moscato, it’s nearly impossible to open a bad one. It can happen but if it’s “not good,” it’s probably because the wine has been mishandled by the supplier, shipper, or seller at some point (in more cases than not, it’s because the wine has been exposed to extreme temperature, mostly heat, that can spoil the wine).
Anyone who’s tasted a number of Moscato bottlings side-by-side will tell you, Moscato d’Asti is a truly terroir-driven wine.” Its aroma and flavor will vary depending on where it was grown in the appellation and who did the growing.
But across the board, thanks to the appellation’s high growing and winemaking standards and the producers’ great pride in making these wines, there’s really not a bad apple in the bunch. As long as it’s Moscato DOCG, you really can’t go wrong.
Take my word for it and try it yourself. The best Moscato d’Asti is the one you’re drinking right now because YOU are drinking it!