Moscato d’Asti sparkles in American homes on Thanksgiving

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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

I know I promised you a post on creative and alternative pairings for Moscato d’Asti this week. Please rest assured that I have a post on “Moscato d’Asti and international cuisine” cooking on the back burner.
But today I wanted to take a moment out to talk about why Moscato d’Asti is such a great Thanksgiving wine.
Across the United States, families of all stripes, colors, and walks of life will be gathering together to celebrate one of the country’s most beloved secular holidays. It’s a time when people travel miles and miles — and over states and states — to reach their loved ones and share a seasonally inspired meal. Despite all the hassles of traveling over the Thanksgiving weekend (one of the busiest in terms of travel after Memorial Day), people make the trek because it’s that important. And when those families get together, it often means that people with wildly varying tastes and sensibilities connect.

My family is a great example of moscato

Next Thursday, my wife and I will drive two hours with my 85-year-old mother from San Diego (who’s flying to Texas for the weekend) to Orange, Texas on the Louisiana border. From my wife’s 97-year-old grandmother to our countless teenage nieces and nephews and 20- and 30-something cousins, it will be a pretty disparate group of wine lovers. While my wife and I drink wine nearly every night at home, most of the guests at Thanksgiving only drink wine once a year — on Thanksgiving!
The place where everyone comes together in terms of wine preferences is sweet. And it’s that common denominator that makes Moscato d’Asti a go-to for us. From Aunt Gladys and my mother-in-law Martha Jane to my brother-in-law Ricky and uncle Lou Ray, everyone likes off dry wine. That makes Moscato d’Asti perfect for our celebration. And it’s also a great wine to pair with the tide of deserts that will be served.
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. And it’s what we’ll be drinking this year in Southeast Texas.

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Jeremy Parzen
After obtaining his Ph.D. in Italian literature at U.C.L.A. in 1997, Jeremy Parzen moved to New York City where he shifted his focus to food and wine. By 1998, he was the chief wine writer for the English-language edition of La Cucina Italiana. In 2005, he published his annotated translation of Maestro Martino's 15th century cookery book, The Art of Cooking (University of California Press). In 2007, he launched his blog (named after the Venetian expression for two glasses of white wine). Since that time, he has published countless articles on Italian food and wine, including bylines for publications like Decanter and Wine and Spirits, which named him a "Master of Place" in 2017. Known for his humanist perspective onto the world of Italian enogastronomy, he works as wine and restaurant industry consultant from his home office in Houston, where he and his wife Tracie (a native Texan) are raising their two daughters. A former rock musician and songwriter, Jeremy continues to compose and record music with and for his family. He was honored to be named an Italian Association of Wine Merchants ambassador in 2018 for his "profound scholarship in the humanities, his great knowledge of winemaking, and his excellence in communications."


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