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Asti is a city and subregion of Piedmont, in the northwest of Italy. The famous sparkling wine was once known as Asti Spumante, but was shortened to just Asti (probably to dump the baggage of its mass-produced past, plus it’s friendlier this way) when it became a DOC in 1994. As a region, it also spills into parts of Cuneo and Alessandria, and also includes Moscato d’Asti and Bracchetto d’Asti.
Asti is made from the Moscato grape, and is slightly sweet. For a long while, as Asti Spumante, it was produced even sweeter on purpose, and imported pretty cheaply. But Asti has grown up a bit, with more of its natural acidity brought to the fore when produced with care. 
Most commercial Asti is produced in the Charmat method, which means the grape must is stored in steel tanks in frigid temperatures to avoid fermentation. Then it is activated with yeast at a later time, but the tanks are kept sealed to avoid carbon dioxide loss. When the alcohol and residual Read more »

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  • Grignolino

    Indigenous to Italy’s Piedmont region, Grignolino is only a minor grape in its homeland, where it makes light red win...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Dolcetto

    History of the grape: The name means “little sweet one” in Italian. Dolcetto, along with Barbera and Nebbiolo is one ...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Muscat Blanc À Petits Grains

    History of the grape: From Greece, Muscat was brought into Crimea in the Soviet Union where it was spread into what i...

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  • Braida di Bologna Giacomo

    Appellation: Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG Produced using grapes: 100% Brachetto Harvest: End of A...

  • Castello del Poggio

      Castello del Poggio is just that - a castle. With a history dating back to medieval tim...

  • Azienda Agricola Incisiana

    As the name Piedmont - loosely translated as “at the foot of the mountains” - already implies, th...

  • Alfonso Boeri

    In the charming hamlet of Bionzo, located in the winemaking town of Costigliole d'Asti, the Boeri...

  • Marchesi Alfieri

    The Marchesi Alfieri wine estate with its historic cellars is located amongst the heights in the ...

  • Alfiero Boffa

    Alfiero Boffa specialized in the production of Barbera d'Asti superiore when, in 1984, he set out...

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  • Scagliola Moscato d'Asti Primobacio Italy 2006


    Nose: Flowers and rosemary.Palate: Slightly sweet, with light minerality, hints of white pepper, peach, and tangerine. Long and persistent finish.Pairs well with desserts, dry pastas and young, soft cheeses. Read More

    Wine review by iamwills

  • Cantine Castelvecchio Barbera d'Asti 2006


    Finally a young wine that is as dry as I like them! This is my first time to try a Barbera d'Asti, and I am immediately hooked. This wine has a fruity, dark cherry-like bouquet with a hint of oakiness and charcoal. The dryness would have made me think the wine was 5 to 7 years older, so if you like dry red wines, this is a good alternative to... Read More

    Wine review by tulaw

  • Fontanafredda Moscato d'Asti Moncucco 2005


    My all time favorite wine....but it costs $19.95 a bottle in Canada. Read More

    Wine review by sandskate

  • Beviamo Moscato d'Asti NV


    This is the one wine that my husband and I can both agree on! In fact, we took a case of this on our honeymoon. I love the sweetness, the effervessence and the notes of peach and flowers. I also love the cheap price and the low alcohol content, because my husband and I usually polish off two bottles! Read More

    Wine review by hrhsassypants

  • Dezzani Moscato d'Asti NV


    No written review

    Wine review by princenez

  • La Morandina Moscato d'Asti 2005


    This is my new favorite. Read More

    Wine review by dclem25

  • Castello del Poggio Moscato Moscato d'Asti 2007


    i love the nuances of pear, peach, and apple in the nose and mouth. sweet, but light and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by applescruffs

  • Cascina 'Tavijn Grignolino Grignolino d'Asti 2006


    Read this review and could not put it better myself: "Small, tight, and slightly angry. Albino wine all bones and shells with white-pepper tannin. Quite acidic, too. Wants, needs, cries out for: food" Chilling (recommended by Spinasse) did not help. Read More

    Wine review by seadevi

  • La Spinetta Rivetti Barbera d'Asti Ca' di Pian 2006


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    Wine review by Chris DeNoia

  • Rinaldi Moscato d'Asti 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by 4nthem

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