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Italy: Piedmont: Moscato d'Asti

Moscato d’Asti or Asti Spumante, What’s the Difference?
While most consumers recognize Asti Spumante instantly, few have heard of a related though very different wine, Moscato d’Asti. Asti Spumante refers to a fully sparkling wine with straightforward sweet and fruity flavors, which is best enjoyed on its own or as a dessert selection. Moscato d’Asti on the other hand, is one of the world’s great wine styles. It is a low alcohol, semi-sparkling wine with about half the carbonation of a typical sparkling wine, and is released very soon after the vintage to preserve its uniquely fresh character. It is extremely aromatic with a famously complex perfume, and generally has a mild level of sweetness which is counterbalanced by vibrant acidity. Moscato d’Asti makes an exceptional dessert wine but is also versatile enough to have as an aperitif. Served alone, it is one of the most refreshing wines in the world, and one would be hard pressed to find something better for a hot summer day. One final note—Moscato d’Asti is always best consumed within two years of the vintage.

Premier Producers
Oscar Bosio (La Bruciata Moscato)
Cascinetta (Moscato)
La Caudrina (La Selvatica Asti, La Galeisa Moscato, La Caudrina Moscato)
Ceretto (Santo Stefano Moscato)
Contratto (La Pantalera Moscato & Tenuta Gilardino Moscato)
Mondoro (Asti)


Great Producers
Cascina Palazzo/Fratelli Bera (Moscato & Su Reimond Moscato)
Michele Chiarlo (Nivole Moscato)
Coppo (Moncalvina Moscato)
Giacinto Gallina (Farfarello Moscato)
Saracco (Moscato)
La Spinetta (Moscato)


Dependable Producers
Altini (Asti)
Bompre (Aureum Moscato)
Braida/Giacomo Bologna (Vigna Senza Nome Moscato)
Contratto (De Miranda Asti)
Giribaldi (Moscato)
Icardi (La Rosa Selvatica Moscato)
Neirano (Asti)
Elio Perrone (Sourgal Moscato)

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