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Making Merry with Moscato

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By Denise Lee
Contributor for Penny’s Daybook

If your knowledge of wines span basics such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, you’d be glad to add Moscato to the list.

Moscato wines, also known as Muscadel or Musca, are made from muscat grapes (white variety) that often have a musky flavour used in Asti Spumanti, a sweet sparkling Italian wine. Muscat grapes are usually used as a base in dessert wines but dry Moscato wines, like the incredibly warm and smooth Yarra Valley Muscat from Fergusson Winery, are just as good.

Moscato has become a favourite choice for me – it’s easy to drink, easy to appreciate and most importantly, easy to pronounce at all hours of the night, and O Holy Night, it’s so good. One may not always have money to splurge on extravagant vino, but these readily available options are a great way to tingle your tastebuds without taking a toll on the festive budget. You’re welcome.

Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Moscato

This beauty is deliciously refreshing, and its fizzyness is a real mood-lifter.  The classic packaging makes it a great gift for one of those many year-end parties on your list or even for a simple dinner with friends. This moscato can be paired with hors d’oeuvres or after-dinner delights, or all through the night, really!

Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Rosé Moscato

I first savoured this moscato on a Qantas flight home from Melbourne, and it was so good I had to ask for another bottle (only 250ml of course!). It’s a rosé wine, which means it has a pale pink tinge that comes either from crushing grapes from red wine early in the wine-making process, or through a process of bleeding. This moscato is the perfect combination of fruitiness and musk, lightness and fizz, making it a great wine to share with girlfriends, or to serve at a holiday party.

Brown Brother’s Moscato Rosa 2010

Brown Brother’s is fast becoming a household name amongst the financially-strapped pleasure seekers. Their winning combination of a wide variety of wines, affordable prices, and excellent quality makes this a great introduction to Moscato. This rosé carries rose petal and red berry fragrances with a fruity tone. It is pleasant with an amazingly smooth after-taste. Also try their elegant Patricia Noble Riesling 2006 and zesty Orange Muscat & Flora available in 2009 and 2010 vintage.

Moscato Freisa Sweet Sparkling Rose NV

This moscato is made from a variety of muscat and freisa grapes with a predominantly sweet taste. This girly wine boasts  a strong strawberry fragrance and taste, perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up, or at the beginning of a girl’s night out.  Be warned though, it’s not for the faint-hearted – it’s heady sweet flavours are best complimented with desserts, best left to those with a very sweet tooth.

Usher in the new year with a little sparkle in your glass and in your eyes, and celebrate another year well-spent with a glass or two of Moscato!

Moscatos featured are available at local supermarket chain, Cold Storage, with the exception of the Moscato Freisa Sweet Sparkling Rose NV, which retails at Marks and Spencer’s.

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