Everyone presumes that if one writes a Wine Blog, one only drinks expensive wines and this is not the case. If we only had wines that were on the short list, there would not be much to write about. We also try to have an assortment of wines for our guests, and sometimes our guests bring wines that they want to try or that they enjoy and want to share. Wine is foremost fun and there is no wrong wine, well yes there is, but that is for another story.
One of the most popular wines that I see at parties is Moscato d’ Asti, and I don’t want to sound chauvinistic, but it seems to be more popular with the ladies, than with the men. I admit to enjoying a glass or two of it, depending on the setting and the moment. Moscato d’Asti is from the Piedmont region of Italy, and the wine has its own Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita or DOCG. Moscato d’Asti is also a first cousin to the more popular or known Asti Spumante as they are both sparkling wines, but they are not made Methode Champagnes. As the wine is fermenting it is place in pressurized tanks and this saves the natural gasses from the fermentation. I know that this is a simplistic explanation, but no one has ever accused me of being really technical. One of the main difference between Moscato d’Asti and Asti Spumante is the Moscato d’Asti is frizzante or less bubbly and it is semi-sweet, whereas the Asti Spumante is Spumante with more bubbles and it is drier in taste.
The wine is made from the Moscato grape as it is known in Italy. Some prefer to use the classic French name for it, because it is found in parts of Europe and that is Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains. Over the years it has been drank here and in restaurants. I thought about this wine, as I was clearing out some of the empty cases of wine, as I was removing the labels before they go to the recycling bin, as at the moment I don’t know anyone that is making wine, so I am not saving bottles for that. The bottle that caused this sudden interest was Risata Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2013 and I had to take a picture of it, as the label was etched and printed onto the glass, so there will be no label for the scrap book. Then I went into the box of labels that have been sorted by decades and looked for the first label that met my criteria for this article and I found it rather quickly, and I am sure that there are more in the boxes. I found a label for Cascinetta Vietti Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2008. While these wines are not awesome wines for the cult drinkers, they are great for before dinner or with lighter foods as an entrée, and they can even be enjoyed with some desserts. They are very easy going and not demonstrative, if that term can be used for wine. I am very partial to them in the spring and summer months, especially if one is drinking out doors, as I find it to be very refreshing.