Muscat

Common synonyms: Moscatel, Müskateller, and many, many offshoots including but not limited to Orange Muscat, Black Muscat, Muscat Blanc (a.k.a. Muscat à Petit Grains), Muscat Giallo, Muscat of Alexandria.

 
Parentage of the grape: The oldest known grape variety, most likely originated in Greece
 
History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires grew, through Egypt into South Africa, through Italy into the rest of Europe, through Australia via either South Africa or Europe, and lastly into the Americas by way of Spain. 
 
Characteristics of the grape: golden yellow to dark amber in color, orange blossom, orange peel, white flowers. Other variants of the grape produce lighter to darker wines depending on the hybrid and region, but all share that aromatic orange characteristic. 
 
Regions where the grape is currently important: Almost any European country produces Muscat in some form Read more »

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  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Italy

    Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and usin...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Languedoc-roussillon

      This incredibly diverse region produces about a quarter of all the wine made in France, bu...

  • Rutherglen

    An area steeped in history, vines came to Rutherglen with the gold rush of the 1850s. When the re...

  • Alsace

    This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascin...

  • Piemonte

Popular Wineries using Muscat

  • Arrow Creek

    Arrow Creek wines capture the spirit of California – the freedom of open spaces, the rustic outdo...

  • Glass Mountain

    It has been more than hundred years since California wine pioneer Jean Laurent quarried stone fro...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Dark Horse Wine

    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

  • Estancia Estates

    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

    Every year the Great Central Valley of California provides harvests of uniquely delicious grapes....

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Muscat on Snooth

  • Just got home after having dinner following the tasting. Met up with Mr and Mrs ... ... had a Petite Manseng, Muscat blend that was super sweet. Maybe that's what the market asks for. Just wasn't my style. Afterwards we had dinner at Starks and enjoyed a 2012 Ceritas Heintz Chardonnay, 2012 Halcon Esquisto  and a 2010 Sandlands Mataro. Head an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine in Santa Rosa


  • Just got this from Adam Lee. Meeting up with eMark and Foxall Monday for dinner. Should we change venues and do this? Not at all familiar with what Virginia has to offer. Hey All, Not sure if this is the proper place to post this, but wanted to invite all of you in the Santa Rosa area to a tasting of Virginia wines that we are hosting next Monda... Read More

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  • Cadet d'Oc Moscato

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    Yuk. Label promises intense tropical fruit with notes of Rose & Jasmine. Nope, not to me. What I taste is very pungent. Dry, slight bubbles, almost amber color. That's about it, cracker please. Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi


  • Mondoro Moscato Moscato d'Asti NV

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    I love Mindoro Asti but can't buy it in Western Australia Read More

    Wine review by Lostinkal


  • Imagery Estate Winery Wow Oui Pine Mountain Cloverdale Peak 2013

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    I helped my wife finish off a bottle of this, last night. Perfectly functional wine, very fruity but still refreshing. In all honesty, though, it's not one that I would seek out. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Seven Daughters Winemaker's Blend White Riesling. Gewurztraminer. Symphony. Colombard. Orange Muscat. Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc NV

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    Given to us as an gift. Barely drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Neirano Pitule Moscato d'Asti 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by Lekiya


  • I was wondering what sort of new topic I could start that would pair nicely ... harvest Petit Manseng, 5% Muscat Raisen in Bourbon barrels).  After the tastings, we selected a bottle of the 2012 Merlot and went to the patio to enjoy our picnic lunch of meats & cheeses (charcuterie) while talking politics.  The bottle of Merlot was rather expen... Read More

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  • And when you do drink it, report back, please.  Rutherglen Liquer Muscat is certainly well thought of by Oz Clarke. Read More

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  • Gabriele Moscato 750m

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    I found this bottle of wine in a local shop. I like sweet wines and was a little skeptical at first when the bottle said sweet white wine for a Moscato, as i have tried a few that said they were sweet but did not please my palate. I loved this wine from the first sip. I will continue to purchase it as long as the store carries it. Read More

    Wine review by Nataliss


  • Martin & Weyrich Moscato Allegro 2006: A sweet sparkling wine with delicious undertones of apricot and honey. I loved the way the tantalising bubbles played on my tastebuds. Can be enjoyed by itself or with a fruit tart or even a creamy risotto, enjoy!

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