It is time to give the Moscato grape a better story than what has been told. It is timeless. It is elegant. It is glamour with its beautiful notes of peaches, Meyer lemon, citrus, and pear.
Glamour. Or in Italian, fascino. It’s hard to dismiss. There are some people, places, and regions that have this glamour. When I think of Italian glamour I think of Sophia Loren. Sophia is not only beautiful and glamorous but was the first actress to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance for Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women. Even after all these years, it’s a deeply emotional film. It makes you think and at times want to cry. In everyscene, Sophia Loren’s glamour shines through. It can’t be packaged and it can be manufactured. It’s the real deal.
Fascino exists in wine. It’s the kind of subtle elegance and glamour of a wine. Place. Its character, texture, flavor, and its glamour. Wine is one of the few things we do not assign the word glamour, but we should. Outside of being communal and bringing people together, a wine has a way of presenting itself to the world in many aspects. Wine is art, culture, history, politics, fashion, and elegance. A dinner menu is only as important as the wines we pair with it.
How to describe the elegance of Moscato d’Asti? It is more than a beverage. It is an experience. The beauty of writing about wine is understanding how to tell the story of the wine. In the United States Moscato d’Asti has been lost from the beauty it really is. As we explore the grape and region together it is time to give the Moscato grape a better story than what has been told. It is timeless. It is elegant. It is glamour with its beautiful notes of peaches, Meyer lemon, citrus, and pear.
If you haven’t watched any movies with Sophia Loren, I suggest starting with the classics and movies with Sophia Loren, Two Women, It Started in Naples, Marriage Italian-Style, and finish with Prêt-à-Porter. Make the movie watching an experience. Create a beautiful cheese board with dates, almonds, prosciutto, cashews, crackers, fig jam, and Taleggio cheese. Pour a glass of Moscato d’Asti while you savor the food and the movie. This is fascino – glamour. That’s amore