The sales and popularity of Moscato (Italian for Muscat) brands exploded over the past two years. Muscat grapes were used by the ancient Greeks and Romans for winemaking. Today, Moscato brands became a huge cultural phenomenon. Sales data from Nielsen found that Moscato increased over 200% from 2009 to 2011 and rose again by 78%, exceeding $300 million in sales during 2011. The majority of sales belong to Gallo, who introduced Barefoot Cellars Moscato in 2008.
Moscato is a diverse grape with a sweet floral aroma and is grown around the world. The wine-experts agree that a Moscato wine should be enjoyed while it is relatively young. A fascinating fact is that the popularity of Moscato wines is increasing without any particular merchandising push at the major sources of such wines.
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The Moscato grape ranges in color from green to an almost black. Wineries can produce different types of wine from this grape, including light whites and dessert wines. Some of the top Moscato Brands include:
- Robert Mondavi Moscato – California, U.S.A: The Robert Mondavi Winery works in harmony with nature. One of the main goals of this winery is to preserve the balance with nature. Genevieve Janssens is the leader of the wine making team at Robert Mondavi Winery. The winery is home to the estate To Kalon vineyard in Oakville and their Napa Valley vineyards. Genevieve was recently selected as Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. She created a collection of best-loved wines, including Moscato. The sweetness of the Moscato is balanced by crisp, mouth-watering acidity and the elegant expression of peach, apricot, orange and rose is interwoven with a hint of honey. The wine is clean with citrusy finish.
- Risata Moscato D’Asti – Piedmont, Italy: The grapes are grown in the cool, hilly Asti region of Italy. The Risata Moscato D’Asti is fresh, semi-sweet and bubbly with flavors and aromas of ripe stone fruit, tangerines and honey. The wine is not overly rich or heavy. You can enjoy the flavorful, sweet and balanced wine. Risata means laughter.
- Ed Hardy Moscato: Ed Hardy is well-known for tattoo-inspired designs. The Moscato is fragrant, white peach and rose flavored. The label advertises the wine as refreshingly sweet.
- Oscar Bosio La Bruciata Moscato – Valdivilla, Italy: Valdivilla is a village in Santo Stefano Belbo, on the top of Langhe hills that surround the Belbo and Tanaro valleys. The Moscato grapes reveal all the delicate qualities that are found in the wine. The color is pale yellow with hints of green. The fragrance is aromatic with hints of acacia flowers. The taste is fresh and lightly fizzy sweetish with hints of peach and exotic fruits.
- La Sirena Moscato Azul – Northern California, U.S.A.: Heidi Peterson Barrett is the winemaker of the La Sirena Moscato Azul. Her philosophy is to make the best wines possible by blending modern technology with traditional winemaking. The Moscato Azul is light straw in color with brilliant clarity. The wine has a slightly tropical floral aroma of honeysuckle and white peach with fruit flavors.
- Barefoot Cellars Moscato – California, USA: The renowned winemaker, Jennifer Wall, produces seventeen unique varietal and blends. Barefoot Wine received several awards as the fastest growing wine among the top five popular brands. The Barefoot Moscato is sweet with fruity aromas and you can experience flavors of peach and apricots. The finish is bright and crisp.
- Blossom Hill Moscato – California, USA: Blossom Hill began back in 1992 in California, when Carol Thorup, the founder, started to create wines. The Blossom Hill Moscato is a crisp, fruity wine with aromas of citrus, melon and apples with a round ripe finish.
- Concha y Toro Frontera Moscato – Chile: The winery is located south of the glaciers, north of the arid Atacama Desert, east of the majestic Andes Mountain range and west of the Pacific Ocean. Concha y Toro is the largest producer of wines from Latin America and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile. The winery was founded in 1883 by Don Melchor de Santiago Concha y Toro and his wife, Emiliana Subercaseaux. The original grape varieties were brought from the Bordeaux region in France. Today, this well-known company is composed by the present Marquess of Casa Concha, a Chilean diplomat and ambassador. Concha Y Toro produces several varietals, including Moscato. The grapes are hand-picked during the months of April and May. The Moscato wine has notes of fresh fruits, flowers and hints of honey. The wine is bright yellow with golden notes. You can enjoy the fresh, sweet and slightly acid wine.
Create fun cocktails with Moscato
You can be creative and mix fun cocktails with Moscato:
- Pour one cup of Sutter Home Red Moscato, 3 oz. Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice and 3 oz. Pomegranate Juice with ice cubes in a shaker. Use a martini glass and prepare a sugar rim. Shake the ingredients, pour it into the glass and garnish with a grapefruit twist.
- Make syrup by mixing equal parts hot water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add one oz. gin, one oz. Moscato, one oz. lemon juice, ½ oz. Peach Schnapps and ½ oz. syrup. Shake with ice in a shaker and strain into a glass.
- Mix one part of Pomegranate Liqueur, one part of Moscato and a dash of orange juice. Garnish with pineapple wedges.
- Mix 1/3 cup of Vodka and 1/3 cup of Moscato with two lemon twists. Shake with ice in a shaker and serve with lemon twists.
Abraham Joshua Heschel said in “The Wisdom of Heschel” that people of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. He said that celebration is an active state and to be entertained is a passive state. He added that a celebration is an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. A celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions. Let us fill our glasses with Moscato and celebrate!