The production process of Moscato d’Asti has a million different variations and every winemaker approaches the process differently, depending on the house's style.
One of the most exciting things for me about the Moscato d'Asti media trip was the opportunity to drink Asti Secco, one of the two new designations in the Moscato d'Asti appellation.
Last week a group of 100 or so wine writers, wine bloggers, lifestyle writers, and "opinion leaders" (as they call them in Italy) were welcomed in the land of Moscato by the Moscato d'Asti growers and bottlers consortium.
The moment has arrived!
Whenever I hear the expression "dessert wine," I can't help from chortling. And what's worse, whenever I hear the words "wine and chocolate" used together in conjunction with the word "tasting," I literally can't help myself from laughing out loud.
I can't remember a Texas Thanksgiving without Moscato d'Asti: It's a wine that everyone loves, that everyone can coalesce around, that everyone can share in celebration.
Creative pairings for Moscato d'Asti are increasingly common (and that's good news!).
Moscato d'Asti is the world's only sparkling wine that's made using no refined sugar; only the grape's natural sugar is used.
The best expressions of Moscato d'Asti (like nearly any sparkling wine) will deliver the symmetry — the promise (nose) and fulfillment (mouth) — that professional tasters look for in sparkling wine
But the fact that so many writers reach for roughly the same descriptors gives us an indication that the common denominator of high-quality Moscato d'Asti is nearly always stone fruit and candied fruit.