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Snooth User: TerriF

Moscato wines

Posted by TerriF, Nov 7, 2009.

I received a bottle of Dancing Coyote 2007 Moscato as gift from a client and absolutely loved it! This was the first Moscato wine that I have ever had. Can anyone make any recommendations on other Moscato wines?

The gal at Trader Joe's recommended Flore de Moscato 2008, but it was too sweet and I don't really love sparkling wines. It actually reminded me of sparking apple juice....not necessarily a bad thing...except when you want wine, not apple juice :))

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Reply by basilwino, Nov 8, 2009.

Try "Marco Negri Moscato d' Asti" $15. Not too sweet at all. light fizz. Taste like cream soda. Hey! at least it's not like apple juice. Also try some Chenin Blancs from Calif and / or Washington. Around $11. It's a different grape but not too sweet and no fizz.

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Reply by TerriF, Nov 8, 2009.

Thanks so much...I appreciate the reply! Without a lot of time to attend wine tastings, I find myself relying a lot on recommendations. I will try those...have never tried a Chenin Blanc. I have found that I have enjoyed the few CA wines that I have tried so far, especially the Kendal Jackson Vintners Reserve 2007 Chardonnay....love it!

I am especially fond of trying the WA wines....I live here :) The most recent new one for me is Waterbrook Melange Noir 2006...so very good.

Thanks again..I truly appreciate recommendations.I can't say yet that I favor reds or whites...it's rather like having to pick only one favorite flavor of ice cream...not likely with so many to try :)))

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Reply by Eric Guido, Nov 8, 2009.

An Italian producer, Massolino, make a Moscato D'Asti that is amazing and constantly surprises guest by it's freshness, fruitiness and clean yet slightly sweet flavors. Also affordable. Go for a very recent vintage as this is not a wine that ages.

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Reply by TerriF, Nov 8, 2009.

This definitely sounds like one that I will enjoy Eric...sweet is good, just not overwhelmingly sweet...same as with good food :)) Is it likely that I will be able to locate this one at a large-chain grocery store or is it more likely that I will find it at a local wine merchant?

Thank you!!

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Reply by Eric Guido, Nov 8, 2009.

Grocery store may not be the best possibility, however, I know of a number of places that do mail-order and sell this wine. I would ask around locally though. The 2008 is the most current vintage.

Here's the link to it's page on snooth. I've seen it cheaper than what this pages lists it as.
http://www.snooth.com/wine/vigna-ri...

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Reply by TerriF, Nov 8, 2009.

Thanks Eric! If I can't find it locally I may need to ask for the mail order info :))

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Reply by John Andrews, Nov 10, 2009.

Lots of great wineries in the WA area and they offer a lot variety. While I don't know many Moscato wines there are plenty of great WA wines I _can_ recommend:

- Eroica Riesling - easily one of my favorite domestic Riesling - http://www.snooth.com/wine/chateau-...

- Matthews Claret - nice easy drinking red blend - http://www.snooth.com/wine/matthews...

- Brian Carter Solesce - a little more pricey but very nice - http://www.vineyard2door.com/web/pr...

- L'Ecole Semillion - nice refreshing white and a little different - http://www.snooth.com/wine/lecole-4...

- Andrew Will - Love all the Andrew Will wines but the Two Blondes is great - http://www.snooth.com/wine/andrew-t...

Lastly, I would recommend the wines of wineries in the Long Shadow Winery group. Small production wines and individual focus. Definitely worth a look. http://www.chesterkidder.com/wineri...

Then of course, there are some really good wines just a bit south in Oregon ... and then a bit more south ... well, lots of good wines in Cali but I'm biased, I live in Cali.

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Reply by TerriF, Nov 10, 2009.

Thanks for all of that great info! Cali....I was born there...lived there up until 1980 :) Have a friend that just built a house in Roseburg OR and it looks like there are a few good wineries nearby!

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Reply by John Andrews, Nov 10, 2009.

No worries ... if you do get to try any of our recommendations make sure to post your thoughts.

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Reply by gregt, Nov 10, 2009.

Moscato, or muscat, is one of the oldest grapes known. It's found all over. Good examples are in France, Spain, Italy, and elsewhere. It's a very aromatic grape and because it smells so nice, people expect it to be sweet, but it isn't necessarily unless made that way. Moscato d'Asti, for example, often has some residual sugar. In Hungary it is used sometimes in sweet wine in Tokaj. In Spain and Portugal it is used to make a sweet wine they call moscatel, or even a sweet sherry. But all of those places also make a dry muscat that is lean, acidic, and tart, with the floral muscat nose. If you like the floral aromas, you might try viognier, malvesia, or torrontes. The problem with some of those wines is that while they smell wonderful, they don't deliver as much on the palate, so you need to choose carefully.

WA is great and all of the recs above are pretty good. The Eroica is good every year. It's got a touch of residual sugar on it, so it's not completely dry, but then again, many German wines these day's aren't either. As far as the Long Shadows project goes, those wines are almost all good IMHO, except for the riesling, which always disappoints. There is much better in Germany and in WA. The most basic wines by Columbia Crest and its sister Chateau St Michelle are fair deals for their prices, so why pay extra for the collaboration project?

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Reply by TerriF, Nov 10, 2009.

I really appreciate your guys time in these replies...there is SO much to learn, but I am truly enjoying the journey! You wine mentoring is always readily and happily received :)))

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Reply by TerriF, Nov 10, 2009.

Ooooppps, slight typo on previous, lol....maybe a little too much Estancia 2006 Cab this evening...well, it was a long day :)))

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Reply by june48, Jul 30, 2010.

Would anyone know of other places to get Barefoot Moscato wine, especially before they sell out of it?  I will thank you in advance for letting me know.

Happy Drinking,

Ellen V. Pruitt


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