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.
This is yet another way that Moscato d'Asti represents an entirely unique style of winemaking and wine.
One of the things that a lot of people don't realize about sparkling wine and wine in general, for that matter, is that all wine contains sugar.
In the 19th century, when Asti growers developed their production method, the timing was impeccable: The world was thirsty for more sparkling wine and Piedmont was ready to give it to them!