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Where:  The vast majority of sparkling or semi-sparkling (frizzante) wines made from Moscato (AKA Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains) are from the region of Asti in Piedmont, Italy and other parts of Northern Italy.  In addition to wines clearly labeled “Moscato”, wines labeled “Asti Spumante” are almost always made with the Moscato grape.  However, other countries also have cultivated the grape and sometimes produce sparkling wines from it.

Grapes:  Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains is considered to be the formal name of the grape.  However, Moscato is the synonym which the wine is most commonly known by.  This variety shouldn’t be confused with other “Muscat” grapes, which are unique--in particular, Muscat of Alexandria.

Taste:  The sparkling wines made from Moscato tend to be very aromatic with floral and peach notes.  They’re almost always sweet or semi-sweet.  

Food Pairing:  Sparkling Moscato usually works best when paired with lighter desserts like panna cotta, fruit tarts, and sorbet.  They are also often served as an aperitif prior to the start of a meal.

Ageability:  All sparkling Moscato wines are meant for immediate consumption and will not benefit from additional bottle aging.

Method of Production:  The method of production varies based on whether the Moscato is done as a fully sparkling wine or a semi-sparkling (frizzante) wine.  For fully sparkling Moscato, typically the Charmat method is used where the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in a controlled tank to provide its carbonation.  For frizzante versions, there are variations, but most commonly winemakers ferment the wine once in a controlled tank--trapping some carbon dioxide, which provides a small degree of carbonation.  
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