Muscat of Alexandria

(aka. Moscatel Gordo Blanco, Zibibbo, Hanepoot)

Muscat of Alexandria is an ancient variety, possibly originating in North Africa. Most plantings of this white varietal are in California, where it is generally used to produce raisins and table grapes. As of the mid-1990s, only a portion of the 5,200 acres (down from 11,500 in 1976) was converted to wine. For wine production, this grape is mainly raised in the hot Central Valley, where increasingly, it has been added to sweet quaffing wines of little distinction. Some of this wine is also added to other inexpensive wines, to boost and prettify aromas. Suitable for growing in hot Mediterranean climates, this grape has many synonym names, such as Chasselas Musque in France, Muscat Gordo Blanco or Lexia in Australia, and Hanepoot in South Africa. It makes sweet wines that are often judged inferior, compared to those of the Muscat Blanc variety. However, in some regions it can produce some exceptional sweet wines such as in Spain, where it is called Moscatel Read more »

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  • The line between vine and village can be a non-existent one. Earlier this ... Zibibbo grape, also known as Muscat of Alexandria. The grape has North African origins and was introduced to Pantelleria by the Phoenicians, Italian publication La Repubblica said. In response to the designation, President of the European Council of Agriculture and F... Read More

    From the article Head of the Pack: Italian Village's Vineyard Techniques Gain UNESCO Recognition


  • Michele Chiarlo 'Nivole' Moscato D' Asti 2012

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    Wine review by Mildred77


  • Emilio Lustau Moscatel Superior Emilin Reserva Sherry

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    $25 Read More

    Wine review by Ennis1


  • So far I’ve worked my way through a pretty impressive set of wines that ... ... Produced from the local Muscat of Alexandria, known as Zibibbo, the grapes for Ben Rye, Arabic for “son of the wind” , are in fact air dried for about a month after harvest, after which they are slowly fermented, with new dried grapes added to the must periodicall... Read More

    From the article Wine Gifts: Italy


  • Domaine du Mas Blanc Banyuls Blanc 2001

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/44391 for 8.50.Banyuls is an AOC created in 1936,although viticulture in the area goes back centuries,for red and white fortified wines from around the Mediiterranean seaside town of that name between Perpignan and the Spanish frontier.The borders of the AOC are the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • The world of wine can generally be split into two halves, the familiar and the ... blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat of Alexandria, and Assyrtiko.Dry and earthy on the nose with some mineral notes over pithy lime fruit. Small scaled on entry and with assertive but integrated acidity supporting simple citrus flavors that are topped with a hint o... Read More

    From the article Latest Greek White Wines


  • Nico Lazaridi Queen of Hearts Macedonia 2011

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    Dry and earthy on the nose with some mineral notes over pithy lime fruit. Small scaled on entry and with assertive but integrated acidity supporting simple citrus flavors that are topped with a hint of sweet flowers. Almost silky and easy to drink, I doubt this will wow many people but at the same time it shouldn't offend anyone. The finish show... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Alice White Red Blend Red Lexia 2010

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    Wine review by amynraleigh


  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Little James Blanc 2011

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    Wine review by AkaneYu


  • Donnafugata Ben Rye Sweet Italy Sicilia White 2006

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    Could not wait to try this beautiful dessert wine from the small island off of Sicily. I wasn't disappointed but felt it a little sweeter than I wanted. Still a great Passito. Read More

    Wine review by Baritono


  • Muscat in the name almost always means it is a wine with added alcohol. A true Zibobo or passito does NOT have muscat in the label...also Passito and Zibibo are FRSH wines, to be consumed young. Aged Passito, Passito over one year old is put in the trash on Pantelleria.....same with Zibibo. I live on Pantelleria six years now. There is NO reliab...

    Comment by 391917Pantelleria Wine 391917 Pantelleria Wine


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