by Amy Gross, the VineSleuth
Looking for a light, refreshing glass of Moscato for yourself or a bottle (or even a box) to share? I tasted 13 Moscato wines last month during one flight of wine evaluations for Wine4.Me and found a few I’d definitely recommend. (Unlike our expert evaluators, I get to see what wines I’m tasting, whereas our rockstar evaluators taste everything blind.)
So what would I suggest? Read on, my friends, and hopefully I’ll introduce you to a new Moscato you’ll love and maybe a few you’d love to share.
A More Sophisticated Moscato
Cascinetta Vietti $12
I first enjoyed Cascinetta Vietti Moscato at Camerata in Houston. (Camerata has a fantastic wine list and a great vibe, by the way. If you’re in Houston, its on my don’t miss wine bar list for sure.) I was apprehensive about ending my night on a Moscato, but then it was pointed out that Moscato can be a great wine to round out an evening– lower alcohol than a big, bold red, plus it’s sweet, light, and a perfect dessert option.
I’m thankful I was introduced to it, as it opened my eyes to what Moscato can do and led me to want to be sure it was included in the Wine4.Me database when we launch! I’d serve this one in my house and give it as a gift.
Bubbly and Elegant
Castello del Poggio Provincia Di Pavia Moscato $10
Castello del Poggio Provincia Di Pavia Moscato was the bubbliest of the bunch with light bubbles, a light, fruity flavor and, like the one above, would make a delicious dessert! Add the elegant bottle and you’ve got a sophisticated looking gift with delicious wine inside.
Cupcake Moscato $8
I found Cupcake Moscato to be light, simple, and fun. (Is it okay to say that a wine tastes ‘fun?’) Another plus is that Cupcake Moscato is easy to find, and it is pretty inexpensive. This one is perfect for a night in with girlfriends.
Reliable and Light
Bartenura Moscato $10
Bartenura Moscato, like the others on this list, is light, sweet, does what it should. I hate to mention the bottle or label again, but a blue bottle is just fun, too. (And isn’t Moscato about fun?)
Great Moscato for a Crowd (or a glass a night person)
Almaden $3 bottle, $11 3L box
Box wines are great for serving a crowd and for when you need your wine to stay fresh in the box for a while. Typically, a box wine will last about one month, with the last glass tasting as fresh as the first, which makes it perfect to keep on hand.
I found the Almaden Moscato to be light and fruity and to do just what a Moscato should. This was not my favorite of the bunch, but I’d definitely suggest it for a super-affordable yet still delicious option for a party.