Connecting to a New Season

Moscato d’Asti can be attributed to summer when dining al fresco is common, but fall is still time to soak up being outside and enjoying a glass

In the Northern hemisphere the weather is slowly turning cool. The sun is setting earlier and the mornings are beginning to get that little bit of chill in the air that signals the changes of seasons. Although this happens every year, it is beautiful to witness everything turning autumnal colors as nature moves us to turn inward. It’s also the time when grapes are being harvested and the anticipation of what they will become is evident. Fall is full of possibilities.

The crispness in the air also brings excitement. Instead of wishing for the late days of summer it is time to embrace the new season. It is a time to enjoy the new smells of crushed grapes, food nature gives to warm us up to enjoy, and time to truly explore a glass of wine. There is elegance in embracing slow. In a time when everyone is busy it is nice to start to take a minute to really wine down. Most people are busy with the duty of life and it is nice to bring the laziness of summer into the new season. The Danish call this hygge; a mood of coziness. This is what fall brings and what Moscato d’Asti embodies. It is wine of comfort and community.

Moscato d’Asti can be attributed to summer when dining al fresco is common, but fall is still time to soak up being outside and enjoying a glass. It can be enjoyed as an aperitivo while discussing the merits of the day. The weather may be turning brisk, but it still warm enough to warrant an exploration of the peachy and floral notes of the moscato grape. The cuisine of region leads to freshness and Moscato pairs well with ravioli di zucca. I like to imagine sitting outside, with friends, food, and a few bottles of moscato d’asti as the night draws near. It is a rural elegance that is often tossed aside when summer ends.

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Julia Coney
Julia Coney is a Washington, D.C.-based wine, travel, food, and lifestyle journalist. She has written for Wine Enthusiast and Tasting Table among other publications. She is passionate about wine as a lifestyle, travel, interesting people, books and finding the elusive story of wine in her glass. She has judged wine competitions globally and has written at juliaconey.com for over 10 years. You can find her living life to the fullest on all social media @JuliaConey, but her favorite platform is Instagram.

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