Italy: Piedmont: Moscato d'Asti
Moscato dAsti or Asti Spumante, Whats the Difference?
While most consumers recognize Asti Spumante instantly, few have heard of a related though very different wine, Moscato dAsti. 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 dAsti on the other hand, is one of the worlds 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 dAsti 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 noteMoscato dAsti is always best consumed within two years of the vintage.
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