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Name of varietal: Muscat Blanc
 
Common synonyms: Moscato (Italy), Moscatel (Spain, Portugal), France: Muscat de Frontignan, Muscat d’Alsace, Muscat de Beaumes de Venises, Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains. Muscat of Alexandria, Gelber Müskateller (Germany), Gelber Weihrauch (Austria), Muskuti (Greece), Sargamoskatoly (Hungary), Tamaloasa (Romania), Tomyanka (Russia), Beli Muscat (Yugoslavia), Muscat Cannelli
 
Parentage of the grape: Muscat has the distinction of being the world’s oldest grape. It was likely born and first vinified in Greece and had a wide dissemination from there.  
 
History of the grape: From Greece, Muscat was brought into Crimea in the Soviet Union where it was spread into what is now modern day Eastern Europe. The Egyptians (probably via the Romans) used it to trade with South Africa. The Romans spread it throughout the rest of Europe. The part of the world where its origin is debatable is Australia. The first Australian Muscat could have come in either through South Africa or with the first European vine plantings in the 1800s. The Americas grew Muscat starting with the first European settlers. 
 
Characteristics of the grape: aromatic, orange, orange blossom, orange peel, white flowers, dried and fresh apricots, honey, musk perfume. 
 
Regions where the grape currently is important: Greece, Italy, France (especially Alsace and the Rhone), Germany, Spain, Portugal, Austria, California, Oregon, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hungary, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Romania, Russia, Yugoslavia. Basically, any place wine-producing region or nation in the world. 
 
Type or types of wines the grape produces: dry white, late harvest dessert wine, sweet fortified (as in Muscat de Beaumes de Venises, Moscatel Spanish brandy, Pisco in Chile, Metaxa in Greece, ), off-dry sparking (such as Moscato d’Asti and Asti Spumante in Italy and Clairette de Die in France) 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Muscat Cannelli (aka. Muscat Blanc, Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, Muscat Bianco, Muscat Frontignan )

Known by many names, this grape’s official French name is Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, which translates as ‘Muscat with small berries’. In California, the name Muscat Canelli is common, derived from Moscato di Canelli, a name used in Italy.

In the northern hemisphere, this late-ripening variety is mainly used to make semi-sweet and sweet dessert wines, or as a table grape. Grown in many countries, including Austria and Germany (Muskateller), Hungary (Muscat Lunel), and France (Muscat Frontignan), it may be the oldest known grape, having been confirmed as growing around the Mediterranean for centuries. However, it should not be confused with Muscat of Alexandria, a grape with a similar ancient history in the same region.

Every noble variety traces its lineage back to you. Yes, the entire European clan of Vitis vinifera is merely the offspring of your genes. In that sense, there are none nobler than you. After all, it was your sweet-scented perfume that first lured man to his vinous obsession. This love affair persists throughout recorded history. Thousands of years have passed, and you are as pretty and fresh as ever. Some are embarrassed by your overt forwardness, but for those of us who admit our adoration, you gratify us lavishly with magnificent bouquets of orange blossoms and lychee fruit. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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