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Episode V: Aromatic whites


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Muscat

Muscat is almost the king of aromatic wines. In fact, one of the common adjectives used to describe the aroma of aromatic wines is Muscatty! Of course, Muscat is actually a family of grapes that share certain traits besides genetic material.

The most common variety of Muscat goes by the name Muscat a Petits Grains in France or Moscato Bianco in Italy, where it is used in the production of Moscato d’Asti! While that sparkling wine is in the midst of a renaissance here in the U.S. and worthy of trying, I’m focusing on still wine here and in particular, I am suggesting you try to find a dry Muscat. Some of the best dry Muscats come from Spain and Portugal and like Viognier, they are wines to enjoy shortly after release for their wonderful intense, yet mysteriously light, floral aromas. Dry Muscats tend to be light-bodied, lean wine perfect for pairing with fish and shellfish. If you’ve decided that all these floral aromas are not your thing, but you’re still looking for something aromatic, you should check out…

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