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Moscato Everything You Need to Know about Moscato Wine

Moscato wine evokes strong opinions among oenophiles&#x;they adore its sweet fruit aroma or can&#x;t stand it one bit. Whether sipped as an aperitif or dessert wine, mixed into cocktails for fizz, poached with fruit, or paired with fiery cuisine, Moscato is much more versatile and complex than most would realize. Moscato grapes, or muscat, are grown up and down Italy, making for a wide diversity of flavors and styles. From bubbly to still to fortified, Moscato makes a provocative addition to any wine lover&#x;s repertoire. Our guide dishes out everything you need to know about this delicately fruity and floral wine.

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What is Moscato wine?

Moscato is a sweet, medium to low-acidity wine produced in Italy from Muscat grapes. The Muscat grape is grown all over the world&#x;from Australia to France to South America&#x;and is believed to be one of the oldest grapes in history. The exact origin is unknown, but some trace it back to ancient Egypt.

While there are over known varieties of Muscat grapes, the most common are Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains and Muscat of Alexandria. Muscat grapes come in a multitude of shades including white, golden, red, pink, brown, and black. Golden-yellow Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains are well-suited for wines, while less-refined Muscat of Alexandria are typically grown for table grapes and raisins. In Italy, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains (also called Moscato Bianco) is the most commonly grown grape for Moscato wine, followed by Muscat of Alexandria (also called Zibbibo grapes).

A quick note on Muscat nomenclature&#x;the Italian word for Muscat is Moscato, and it&#x;s important to note that different countries have different names for the Muscats they produce. In Spain you&#x;ll find Moscatel, while in Germany, you&#x;ll see Muskateller. Technically, wines labeled as Moscato should be from Italy, but this is not always the case. Big wine brands from California and Australia also produce a variety of lightly-fizzy, sweet wines labeled as Moscato&#x;while these wines are not produced in Italy, they are made in the Moscato style.

What are Moscato’s characteristics?

Moscato wine can be still or sparkling, or fortified. Lightly-bubbled Moscato d&#x;Asti is the most common, and what many of us envision when we hear the word Moscato. If you&#x;re familiar with tart, dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Albariño, then Moscato is the exact opposite&#x;sweet, perfumed, and bursting with fruit. Muscat grapes have high residual sugar but low acid, both of which contribute to Moscato&#x;s signature sweet taste. Sip a glass and you&#x;ll pick up on several key characteristics, including a fragrant aroma, and fruit such as peach, apricot, and orange citrus, and delicate floral notes such rose petal and elderflower.

Where is Moscato produced in Italy?

Muscat grapes thrive in Italy&#x;s warm, Mediterranean climate. You&#x;ll find them up and down the Boot from Piedmont and Trentino Alto-Adige to the southern islands of Sicily and Pantelleria. Each region produces a unique Moscato wine with different characteristics.

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What are the different types of Moscato wine?

With a huge variety of Muscat grapes comes a diverse offering of Moscato wines. Many of these Moscato varieties are more difficult to find in the United States, but they&#x;re reason enough to plan your next trip to Italy.

Moscato d&#x;Asti: A lightly-sparkling, golden-colored wine produced in the northwestern Piedmont region, Moscato d&#x;Asti comes from Muscat à Petits Grains and is the most recognizable variety. A low alcohol content (% ABV), lightly-sweet flavor, and soft, gentle bubbles (frizzante in Italian) make Moscato d&#x;Asti a popular aperitif or dessert wine pairing.

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Asti: Frizzante is to Moscato d&#x;Asti as spumante, or fully-sparkling, is to Asti wine. Both wines are produced in the same Piedmont region from the same grape, but they are distinctively different. Asti wine is typically sweeter in taste and has a higher alcohol content.

Moscato Rosa: Hailing from Italy&#x;s northeastern Trentino Alto-Adige region, this sweet, still wine is made from red-purple-skinned Muscat grapes that are very similar to Muscat à Petits Grains. A vibrant, ruby red color and a spiced, berry flavor are the most distinguishing characteristics.

Moscato Giallo: This golden-colored, still wine is produced in the Trentino Alto-Adige region. Defined by floral and spicy aromas such as cinnamon, grapefruit, and orange-blossom, Moscato Giallo grapes are grown in cooler climates, making these wines drier than other Moscatos.

Moscato di Pantelleria: Produced in Pantelleria, a small island between Sicily and Tunisia, this still, amber-colored wine comes from Muscat of Alexandria grapes (also known as Zibbibo grapes) and is reminiscent of apricot. Another variety, Passito de Pantelleria, is an intensely sweet dessert wine made from dried Muscat grapes.

Moscato Canelli: Another word for Muscat à Petits Grains grapes, often seen on wines made in the Moscato style from California or Washington State. These may be still or sparkling in the Moscato d&#x;Asti style.

A note on Moscato in the United States: While previously underappreciated, Moscato sales in the U.S. have skyrocketed since the early s. Nielson data from showed a % increase in sales for sparkling Moscato, while Market Watch reported that the wine was so popular, big brands such as Barefoot, Woodbridge, Sutter Home, and Beringer couldn&#x;t make enough to meet demand. Touted as a cheap, easy-drinking, all-day sipper, many have compared the sudden spike of Moscato to the White Zinfandel craze of the s.

Many of the Moscatos produced in the United States come from the aforementioned big brands, as well as Yellowtail, an Australian brand. Most are inexpensive, often as little as $7 per bottle. The majority of these wines are lightly sparkling in the style of Moscato d&#x;Asti, but the labeling can be a bit confusing. Here&#x;s how to decipher wines you find online, at grocery stores or wine shops.

White Moscato: This is either still or lightly-sparkling wine made with Muscat à Petit Grains grapes. Expect a floral aroma with bold fruit flavors.

Pink Moscato: In most cases, this is White Moscato with a splash of red wine. Most likely still or lightly-sparkling, this is a popular style made by big brand producers in the United States and Australia.

Red Moscato: Similar to Pink Moscato, this wine is usually a blend of White Moscato and other reds such as Syrah and Zinfandel.

Sparkling Moscato: Expect this wine to be more intensely bubbled, closer to Asti wine than Moscato d&#x;Asti.

How to serve Moscato wine?

Moscato, excluding fortified ones, is best enjoyed chilled. While the actual serving temperature depends on the style, chilling Moscato softens its sweetness so all of its fruit and floral flavors can shine. Don&#x;t fret if the wine is too cold when you&#x;re ready to serve it&#x;it&#x;s always preferable to have Moscato that is too cold, instead of too warm. Our temperatures are guidelines, so make sure you taste the wine before you serve it&#x;just to make sure it&#x;s right.

Sparkling&#x;around 40°F

Colder temperatures for wines such as Moscato d&#x;Asti and Asti help keep their bubbles light and crisp.

Still White/Pink&#x;around 45°F

Chill any still white or pink-hued Moscato to a similar temperature as light-bodied whites such as Riesling and Pinot Grigio.

Still Reds&#x;around 50°F

This is a safe bet for most fruity, light-bodied red wines. Moscato Rosa and other red-grape Moscatos should be slightly chilled to bring out their complexity.

Fortified&#x;60° to 70° F

Fortified wines such as Port and certain Moscatos are best enjoyed closer to room temperature to maximize their sweet, concentrated flavor.

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What are the best foods to pair with Moscato?

The secret to pairing any wine with food is balance. Moscato is sweet, so ideally you should pair it with foods possessing opposite flavor profiles&#x;spicy, sour, salty, bitter. While its sweet fruity essence can make it difficult to pair with a main course, Moscato is perfect with appetizers, sweet brunch dishes, dessert, and alone as an aperitif.

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Spicy food: Moscato&#x;s sweetness and low alcohol content (wines with higher alcohol content tend to amplify spiciness!) quell the flames from fiery fare all over the world. Pair Moscato with Thai larb, Indian vindaloo curries, habanero-spiked chicken wings, or anything with mouth-tingling Sichuan peppercorns.

Cured meats: Prosciutto, Salami, Jamón Ibérico&#x;you name it. The high salt content balances the sweetness of Moscato.

Nuts and seeds: Again, it&#x;s that salty-sweet factor. Peanuts, almonds, or pepitas compliment a glass of still Moscato.

Crudites: A platter with crunchy veggies such as carrots, celery, cucumbers, and radishes would complement the gentle bubbles of Moscato d&#x;Asti.

Exotic spices: Aromatic spices such as turmeric, saffron, ginger, cardamom, and others are often found in the spicy dishes that sweet Moscato goes with so well.

Soft or Pungent Cheeses: Soft, creamy Brie and Camembert stand up to Moscato&#x;s bright fruit profile without overpowering it. On the other hand, strong blue cheese needs a wine like Moscato to balance its saltiness. Moscato d&#x;Asti or Passito di Pantelleria pair well. Make sure to let your cheese come to room temperature in order to maximize its flavor profile.

moscato wine goes well with blue cheese wine pairings for strong and soft cheeses
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Sweet Breakfasts: Think pancakes or waffles topped with fruit compote or a dollop of whipped cream. A fruit-forward Moscato makes these flavors come alive.

Fruit Desserts: From pies to cobblers to semifreddo, any dessert with fruit or berry components matches the natural fruitiness of Moscato wine.

Vanilla desserts: Sweet peach Moscato flavors harmonize with the creaminess of a crème brûlée, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or even rice pudding.

Cake: We love this pairing. Moscato d&#x;Asti works wonders with vanilla cake, while Moscato Rosa (or Red Moscato if that&#x;s easier to find) coaxes complexity out of chocolate cake.

See More: Moscato d&#x;Asti Pairings

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Best Moscato Wines

Put your Moscato know-how to the test with our top picks. You won&#x;t have to hop across the Atlantic for these wines&#x;we&#x;ve chosen a variety from sparkling to fortified that you should be able to find online or at your local wine store. Many vineyards will ship directly to your home if your state allows it.

  • G.D. Vajra Moscato d'Asti
  • Producer: G.D. Vajra
  • Where: Piedmont, Italy
  • Tasting notes: Lightly-sparkling with a balance of peach, apricot, pear, and sage. Best enjoyed as an aperitif or dessert wine.
  • ABV: %
  • Average price: $18
  • Saracco Moscato d'Asti
  • Producer: Saracco
  • Where: Piedmont, Italy
  • Tasting notes: Pear and apricot flavors are well-balanced by crisp citrus and ginger. A complex, refreshing wine that pairs well with fruit or vanilla desserts.
  • ABV: %
  • Average price: $$15
  • Charles Smith Vino Moscato
  • Producer: Charles Smith Wines
  • Where: Washington State, United States
  • Tasting notes: Gentle bubbles, aromatics include elderberry blossom, apricot and orange blossom flavors. A nice match for spicy cuisine. An easy-to-find Moscato in the Moscato d&#x;Asti style.
  • ABV: %
  • Average price: $$12
  • Maryhill Moscato Di Canelli
  • Producer: Maryhill
  • Where: Columbia Valley, Washington State
  • Tasting notes: Golden colored dessert wine from Muscat Canelli grapes. Crisp apple lends a touch of acidity to pear and peach flavors.
  • ABV: %
  • Average price: $$15
  • Donnafugata Ben Ryé (Passito di Pantelleria)
  • Producer: Donnafugata
  • Where: Pantelleria, Italy
  • Tasting notes: Bold, amber-colored fortified dessert wine made from dried Zibbibo grapes. Intense apricot and honey aromas, fig and cinnamon flavors.
  • ABV: %
  • Average price: $$40 (a splurge, but worth the money)
  • Bibi Graetz Casamatta Bianco
  • Producer: Bibi Graetz
  • Where: Tuscany, Italy
  • Tasting notes: One of our top Italian whites for summer, this wine shows how Muscat grapes can work wonders when blended with other grapes. Here, a combination of Muscat, Vermentino, and Trebbiano grapes makes for a tangy, ultra-crisp wine that's balanced by a touch of sweet fruit.
  • ABV: 12%
  • Average price: $15
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Best Moscato Recipes

Cooking with Moscato is another way to showcase its versatility. Perfect as a cocktail mix-in or as a poaching liquid, Moscato especially complements stone fruits such as peaches and plums. Try it in dessert recipes that call for sweet wine&#x;just make sure to pour a glass to sip while you cook.

Michelle&#x;s Drink: Sweet Moscato d&#x;Asti balances bitter grapefruit and Campari, while also adding fizz to this elegant shaken cocktail.

Melon Sparkler with Tapioca Pearls: Honeydew&#x;s mellowed sweetness is elevated by the addition of Moscato d&#x;Asti in this refreshing spritzer. A topper of chewy tapioca balls makes for a stunning, and edible, garnish.

Muscat Poached Peaches with Lemon Verbena: Simmering fruit, such as peaches, in Moscato elevates their flavors and makes for a simple, summertime dessert. We suggest serving the poached peaches in a splash of the wine, but an accompanying scoop of vanilla ice cream would round out the flavors nicely.

Hazelnut Tea Cake with Moscato Pears: This recipe showcases Moscato in two different ways. First, as a poaching liquid for pears, which are later browned in butter and layered over top the cake. Second, we infuse reduced Moscato poaching liquid with whipped cream for a luscious cake topper.

Plum-and-Honey Sabayon Gratins: A Sabayon is a baked custard dessert traditionally made with egg yolks, sugar, and a sweet wine. Our spin incorporates honey and Moscato with broiled plums, an impeccably balanced combination.

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Moiselle Pink Moscato

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Light-bodied, bursting with aromas of fresh citrus and peach, followed by hints of fresh red berries and orange blossoms. Pairs well with spicy dishes and sweet desserts.

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The Best Moscato

From sugary sweet to dry and delightful to beautifully bubbly and all points in-between, here's where you can find all of our picks for The Best Moscato Wines Under $20!

The Best Moscato

Italy, France, California, Australia and morethe Muscat family of grapes is grown all over the world.

This variety has over synonyms, but is generally known as Muscat, Moscato or Moscatel. It is typically made in a sweet and/or sparkling style, but keep an eye out for the excellent dry varieties as well which are sometimes referred to as Zibibbo.

Read on for our list of The Best Moscato Under $20!

Acquesi Asti DOCG - Irresistible

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Super sweet sparkling Moscato from Piedmont, the Acquesi Asti DOCG. % Moscato sparkling wine from Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy. The &#x; [Read more]

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A deliciously sweet blend of Chardonnay and Muscat that is 55% off for the next day! The Wise Villa Winery Midnight Delight. Save &#x; [Read more]

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Arosa Sweet Sparkling Moscato Rosé - True To Its Name

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Arosa Sweet Sparkling Moscato Rosé - True To Its Name

One for the sweet wine lovers today from Aldi, the non-vintage Arosa Sparkling Moscato Rosé. Moscato sparkling wine from Italy. While &#x; [Read more]

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Castello del Poggio Moscato – Fresh And Sweet

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Castello del Poggio Moscato – Fresh And Sweet

A light, lively and refreshingly low alcohol sweet white, the Castello del Poggio Moscato. Moscato from Provincia di Pavia, Lombardy, &#x; [Read more]

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Stella Moscato - A Sweetie From Sicily

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A crowd-pleasing Moscato that will satisfy a wide range of palates, the Stella Moscato Sicilia IGT. % Moscato from the Salemi &#x; [Read more]

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Rinaldi Moscato d'Asti - Sweet, Smooth and Sensational

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Rinaldi Moscato d&#;Asti - Sweet, Smooth and Sensational

Dessert in a bottle! A Bulk Buy rating on a lovely, low-alcohol sweet wine, the Rinaldi Moscato d'Asti. % Moscato d'Asti from 40 &#x; [Read more]

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Donnafugata Lighea Zibibbo Sicilia - My Kind Of Moscato!

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Donnafugata Lighea Zibibbo Sicilia - My Kind Of Moscato!

Dry and delicious, the highly recommended Donnafugata Lighea Zibibbo Sicilia. % Zibibbo (Moscato d'Alessandria) from the island of &#x; [Read more]

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Cameron Hughes Moscato d'Asti Lot - Sweet And Snappy

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Say hello to summer with this refreshing little number, the Cameron Hughes Moscato d'Asti Lot Plus a free shipping deal for &#x; [Read more]

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Mionetto Dolce Moscato - Add A Little Sparkle To Your Holidays

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% Moscato sparkling wine from Oltrepa Pavese, Lombardy, Italy. Sample submitted for review. SRP of $14 and available for as low as &#x; [Read more]

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Duck Commander Wine Reviews - Get Happy, Happy, Happy

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Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato – A Beauty for Breakfast

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A blend of Gordo Muscat and Black Muscat from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia. SRP of $14 and available widely at around $10 for the &#x; [Read more]

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Angove Zibibbo Sparkling Pink Moscato - A Super Sweet Holiday Sparkler

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Muscat of Alexandria (aka Zibibbo) with a splash of Shiraz sparkling wine from South Australia. SRP of $12 and available for as low as &#x; [Read more]

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Jam Jar Moscato - Truth In Advertising

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Jam-Jar-Moscato

% Muscat from Western Cape, South Africa. SRP of $12 and available for as low as $8. Sample received courtesy Cape Classics for review &#x; [Read more]

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Temps de Flors Vino de la Costa Catalan - True To Its Name

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40% Muscat, 48% xarel-lo and 12% Gewürztraminer from Penedés, Spain. SRP of $14 and available for around $ Sample received courtesy &#x; [Read more]

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Ecco Domani Moscato - Moscato Monomania

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% Moscato from Trivento, Italy. SRP of $14 and available for as low as $9. Sample submitted for review purposes. From the &#x; [Read more]

Filed Under: Highly Recommended, Italy, Moscato

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The 10 Best Moscato Wines to Drink in

Beloved by many, hated by few, and misunderstood by most, moscato is certainly one of the most talked-about wines on the market. Fizzy, frothy and pleasantly sweet, it’s no surprise that this particular wine has skyrocketed in popularity. However, not all moscato is created equal. 

The moscato that most people know and love is moscato d’Asti, the popular off-dry/sweet wine from northern Italy. When vinified well, these pleasantly effervescent wines are sweet and balanced by tons of acidity, and when coupled with their signature low-ABV, they are seriously easy to drink. Moscato’s viticultural potential goes far beyond just Italy, however.

Moscato d’Asti is produced from the moscato bianco grape, otherwise known as muscat or muscat blanc à petits grains. The grape is also commonly vinified in southern France, Alsace and Greece, each of which produces very different expressions of the grape. Moral of the story? This versatile grape can do a whole lot. 

Confused? Not to worry. We’re breaking down everything you need to know about moscato/muscat below, as well as recommending some of the best expressions of this versatile variety. 

Best Overall: G.D. Vajra Moscato d’Asti

Region: Piedmont, Italy | ABV: % | Tasting Notes: Lychee, Pear, Floral

In its most popular form, moscato d’Asti hails from Italy’s Piedmont region. The wine is generally off-dry to sweet and ranges in effervescence levels from frizzante to spumante. G.D. Vajra is one of the region’s most respectable producers and is best known for their responsible farming practices, longstanding history, and well-crafted bottles. Notes of juicy pears, lychee, honeysuckle, and rose petals jump from the wine’s frothy and fruit-driven palate.

Best for Brunch: Risata Moscato D'Asti

Region: Piedmont, Italy ABV: % | Tasting Notes: Stone fruit, Lemon rind, Honey

When picking a wine for a boozy brunch that promises not to kill the rest of your day, seeking out something with a low-ABV is key—enter moscato d’Asti.

This popular expression from Risata wines is lightly effervescent and marked by succulent notes of stone fruit, honey, and fresh-cut flowers. Sip chilled on its own or alongside sweet brunch dishes like crepes, fruit pancakes or gooey French toast. 

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Best Budget: Vietti Cascinetta Moscato d’Asti

Region: Piedmont, Italy | ABV: 5% | Tasting Notes: Honey, Canned Peach, Ginger

This classic moscato d’Asti from Vietti is produced from organically-farmed fruit and is made at the hands of one of Piedmont’s biggest names. Expect thirst-quenching notes of honey, canned peaches, white flower petals, and ginger on the palate. Sip with light salads, fruit parfaits or Italian-inspired cheese boards.

“When I look for good moscato, I'm not looking for a particular style or sweetness level,” says Erin Scala, founder of In Vino Veritas in Keswick, Va. “To me, a good moscato will typically come from someone approaching the grape with care and reverence, someone who appreciates this special grape's contributions to the history of wine. Through that lens, the wine can be exhilarating and decadent.”

Best Sparkling: Sant’Orsola Moscato d’Asti

Region: Piedmont, Italy | ABV: % | Tasting Notes: White Blossoms, Honey Suckle

Why choose between frizzante and spumante when you can have both? In Italian sparkling wine production, frizzante bottles boast a frothy, fizzier mouthfeel, whereas spumante wines present a more powerful mousse on the palate. With Sant’Orsola, you get the best of both worlds. Their standard moscato is loaded with flavors of citrus rind and stone fruit, whereas the spumante shows more floral-driven flavors of white blossoms, honeysuckle and flower petals. Do yourself a favor and grab one of each and do a side by side comparison—you won’t regret it.  

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Best for Dessert: La Spinetta Bricco Quaglia Moscato d’Asti

Region: Piedmont, Italy | ABV: 5% | Tasting Notes: Honey, Peach, Green Apples

This creamy, softly sweet moscato from La Spinetta is perfect for sipping alongside a variety of desserts. Juicy notes of honey, peach skin, and green apple come alive when served with a variety of tartlets, fruit pies or parfaits. Looking for the sweetest way to end a long meal? This bottle’s just the ticket.

“When I get the feeling that people are unappreciative of moscato (which is quite often), I try to tell them about the (historical expressions) that helped save a post-phylloxera Crete, as well as the (wines) that were once a jewel of the Mediterranean,” says Scala. Simply put, drinking this grape is like drinking history. 

Best Pink Moscato: Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato

Region: Yarra Valley, Australia | ABV: % Tasting Notes: Sherbet, Rhubarb, Citrus

Searching for a unique bottle from the Land Down Under? This one-of-a-kind bottle has your back. Hailing from Australia’s southerly Victoria region, this pale pink moscato oozes with flavors of fruit sherbet, rhubarb, citrus rind and candied apples. Sip with baked brie, walnut and goat cheese salads, or fresh fruit bowls sprinkled with sugar. 

Best Organic: Elio Perrone ‘Sourgal’ Moscato d’Asti

Region: Piedmont, Italy | ABV: 5% | Tasting Notes: Fresh apricots, Pear skin, Mirabelle

Perrone’s frothy, fruit-forward moscato shows flavors of juicy apricots, pear skin and mirabelle. The fact that it is produced from organic fruit makes it all the better! Sip chilled before dinner, during weekend brunches, or at the end of a long day for a delicious touch of sweetness. We particularly love it with stir fry or slightly spicy Asian takeout favorites. You really can’t go wrong here. 

Best Muscat-Based: Domaine Cazes Muscat de Rivesaltes

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Pink moscato cheap

Italian Moscato is the most recognizable synonym for one of the oldest, most-versatile grape families in the world. Also known as Moscatel in Spanish, and Muscat in French, the group of grapes produces a range of different styles of wine, including sweet, low-ABV sparklers; still, aromatic whites; rosé; dessert wines; and occasionally reds.

The most commonly planted variety, Muscat Blanc (Moscato Bianco), stars in Moscato d&#;Asti, the classic fizzy style famously made in Piedmont, Italy. Along with Muscat of Alexandria, the grape is also used in the production of still white wines.

Pink Moscato gains its hue by blending in a small amount of red wine, while the rare Red Moscato is made using a grape variety called Black Muscat, which is a cross between Schiava, an Italian red grape, and Muscat of Alexandria. Put simply, Moscato has something for everyone. Want to know what’s currently trending? We culled Wine Searcher frequency data to compile the 10 most popular Moscato brands in the world right now.

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Coppo Moncalvina, Moscato d&#;Asti DOCG, Italy

Located on the Canelli slopes of Piedmont, Coppo is famous for its 18th-century underground wine cellars, which extend deep into the hillside and are recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site. Coppo pioneered a method for making quality wines using red grape Barbera, but its most popular offering by far is this bubbly Moscato d’Asti. Average price: $

9. Michele Chiarlo Nivole, Moscato d&#;Asti DOCG, Italy

Michele Chiarlo founded his eponymous winery in , though he himself comes from four generations of Piedmont winemakers. Nivole, meaning clouds in the local dialect, is made using fruit from the sloping hills surrounding Canelli. The wine is fermented to a lightly sparkling, 5 percent ABV. Average price $

8. SkinnyGirl Moscato, Italy

Launched by former Real Housewives cast member Bethenny Frankel, SkinnyGirl Cocktails was acquired by spirits conglomerate Beam Suntory in March This sparkling, sweet Moscato is one of seven “low-calorie” wines the brand offers. Average price: $

7. Muscador Cepage Muscat Mousseux Rose, France

This budget bottle of rosé bubbles is the only French offering on this list. According to Muscador, it’s best served “as an aperitif, a dessert wine, or on other sweet moments of the day.” Average price: $5.

6. Innocent Bystander Moscato Sparkling, Victoria, Australia

Hailing from the Victoria region of Australia, Innocent Bystander is a blend of Muscat Gordo and black variety Muscat of Hamburg. According to Wine-Searcher, it is the most-searched-for pink Moscato in the world. Average price: $

5. La Spinetta Bricco Quaglia, Moscato d&#;Asti DOCG, Italy

La Spinetta is closely associated with premium Barolo and Barbaresco, but its Moscato is definitely not to be discounted. The Muscat Blanc for this sweet sparkler comes from a single, acre vineyard, and production sits at around , bottles annually. Average price: $

4. Vietti Cascinetta, Moscato d&#;Asti DOCG, Italy

Grapes for this Moscato d’Asti are selected from small vineyards located in Castiglione Tinella, arguably the best region in the entire DOCG. Like La Spinetta, Vietti is another Piedmontese winery that’s better known for top-tier Barolo and Barbera wines. Average price: $

3. Bartenura Moscato, Italy

Bartenura Moscato is easily identified by its iconic, thin, blue glass bottle. The kosher, sweet Moscato is revered by everyone from novice wine drinkers to big-time celebrities like Drake. Average price: $

2. Paolo Saracco Moscato d&#;Asti DOCG, Piedmont, Italy

Like Vietti Cascinetta, Paolo Saracco Moscato vines are situated in renowned growing area Castiglione. The estate has been family-owned for over years, and is currently operated by third-generation winemaker Paolo. Average price: $

1. Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Natural Sweet Wine, Constantia, South Africa

In , South Africa’s historic Constantia estate was broken into two smaller properties: Groot (big) and Klein (small) Constantia. Both are operational today, and each produces a traditional late-harvest wine called Vin de Constance. A favorite of 19th-century European nobility, production of the sweet Moscato was devastated by the phylloxera outbreak in the s, and didn’t properly return until the s. The producer also offers a range of dry wines using international red and white varieties. Average price: $

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