I can’t explain why, but lately I’ve been interested in Moscato wines. This came about as the result of a recommendation.  To be more specific it was for Risata Moscato d’Asti.

Risata Moscato d’Asti, findingourwaynow.com

When the weather starts to warm, I look for a chilled sweeter wine that has a bit of effervescence.  I’m generally not a sweet wine drinker, but I do like it on occasion after working in my garden on a hot day.

Now let me tell you a bit about Risata Moscato d’Asti.  This Moscato wine is produced by the Prestige Wine Group and comes from the Asti, the Piedmont wine region of Italy. The wine is obviously made from Moscato grapes grown in the town of Asti.

I can’t explain why, but lately I've been interested in Moscato wines. This came about as the result of a recommendation.  To be more specific it was Risata Moscato d’Asti.  When the weather starts to warm, I look for a chilled sweeter wine that has a bit of effervescence.  I’m generally not a sweet wine drinker, but I do like it on occasion after working in my garden on a hot day.  Now let me tell you a bit about Risata Moscato d’Asti.  This Moscato wine is produced by the Prestige Wine Group and comes from the Asti, the Piedmont wine region of Italy. The wine is obviously made from Moscato grapes grown in the town of Asti.  Moscato d’Asti wines, as a general rule, are composed of 75% or more of Moscato grapes.  The grapes are harvested in the hilly region of Asti in Italy. To get the desired results for this wine, they crush and chill the grapes to almost freezing. It's fermented and in stainless steel vats, and then bottled to capture the effervescence called vino frizzante.  The Piedmont (Piemonte) wine region is in the northwestern corner of Italy located in the foothills of the Alps bordering France and Switzerland. The location between the valley and the mountains makes it ideal for wine grape cultivation. This area is also one of Italy's star culinary destinations, boosting fine wines, cheeses, and their much-celebrated white truffles.    This is what the winemaker has to say about Risata Moscato d’Asti:  "Risata Moscato d’Asti is fresh, fragrant, and frizzante with vibrant, flavors and aromas of ripe stone fruit, tangerines, and honey. The wine is concentrated and flavorful, but not overly rich or heavy; sweet, yet balanced. It pairs well with before dinner, after dinner, spicy dishes, tiramisu, panettone, toasted hazelnuts, apricots and figs drizzled with honey or cake."  This Risata Moscato d’Asti was a delightfully light and refreshing wine that I certainly enjoyed on my patio.  It was especially nice  with our simple cheese board.  It made for a nice end of the day experience for all.  You can find Risata Moscato d’Asti wine at amazon.com, totalwine.com, wine.com, bevmo.com, CostPlus/World Market and any good wine purveyor.  Time for a glass…  If you enjoyed reading about this wine check out Co di Sasso Cabernet Sauvignon & Sangiovese 2011, R.L. Buller and Son Fine Muscat and Cycles Gladiator Pinot Grigio 2011.  PS: What are some of your favorite wines? If you would like to write a guest post about an experience, I would love to hear from you..

Moscato d’Asti wines, as a general rule, are composed of 75% or more of Moscato grapes.  The grapes are harvested in the hilly region of Asti in Italy. To get the desired results for this wine, they crush and chill the grapes to almost freezing. It’s fermented and in stainless steel vats, and then bottled to capture the effervescence called vino frizzante.

The Piedmont (Piemonte) wine region is in the northwestern corner of Italy located in the foothills of the Alps bordering France and Switzerland. The location between the valley and the mountains makes it ideal for wine grape cultivation. This area is also one of Italy’s star culinary destinations, boosting fine wines, cheeses, and their much-celebrated white truffles.

Risata Moscato d’Asti, findingourwaynow.com

This is what the winemaker has to say about Risata Moscato d’Asti:

“Risata Moscato d’Asti is fresh, fragrant, and frizzante with vibrant, flavors and aromas of ripe stone fruit, tangerines, and honey. The wine is concentrated and flavorful, but not overly rich or heavy; sweet, yet balanced. It pairs well with before dinner, after dinner, spicy dishes, tiramisu, panettone, toasted hazelnuts, apricots and figs drizzled with honey or cake.”

This Risata Moscato d’Asti was a delightfully light and refreshing wine that I certainly enjoyed on my patio.  It was especially nice  with our simple cheese board.  It made for a nice end of the day experience for all.

You can find Risata Moscato d’Asti wine at amazon.com, totalwine.com, wine.com, bevmo.com, CostPlus/World Market and any good wine purveyor.

Time for a glass…

If you enjoyed reading about this wine check out Co di Sasso Cabernet Sauvignon & Sangiovese 2011R.L. Buller and Son Fine Muscat and Cycles Gladiator Pinot Grigio 2011.

PS: What are some of your favorite wines? If you would like to write a guest post about an experience, I would love to hear from you.

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  • Jon Jefferson

    I wonder if they pull any of the ice out of the vats before fermenting? This would leave more sugar for the yeast to feast upon, creating a higher alcohol and sweeter wine.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Jon, That’s a good question. I’lll let Stefano answer that for you as he is the d’Asti expert. :-).

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Love the look of that bottle! If the wine tastes as good as it looks, they have a winner. :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Cheryl, It does. it is also a very popular wine at one of my wine stores because it’s that good. :-)

  • Homejobs Bymom

    I love that bottle. The blue is so pretty! And thanks for teaching me about Moscato. At my grandmother’s 80th birthday party there was a mixed up with that wine. I had never heard of it before then.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Krystle, I love the bottle too. What did you have for you grandmother’s birthday? I would love to hear more. :-)

  • Stefano Poggi

    Hello Susan,

    I can see you are into educating your readers, which is awesome. A couple quick notes, as Italian viticultural law can get quite hard to decipher, especially in Italian legalese:

    1. Moscato is ALWAYS 100% Moscato Bianco but only USUALLY from ASTI – there are actually a number of communes the grapes can come from and most of them are indeed in Asti, though there are some notable exceptions, like in Serralunga d’Alba – yup, in Barolo, which is where many of the best Moscato d’Asti’s come from.

    2. We now mostly gently press the grapes.

    3. The must is fermented at low, controlled temperatures for an extended period and then at 4.5 – 6.5% alcohol per wine it is chilled quickly to stop the fermentation and eventually bottled.

    Homejobs Bymom & Cheryl – interesting side-note, it was only a couple years ago that blue bottles were allowed to be used for Moscato d’Asti as most traditional producers used clear, green, or yellowish bottles. It is due to the success of Moscato in general and newer wines like Risata that blue bottles were allowed.

    Jon Jefferson – wine is fermented first and then chilled. Alcohol has to be between 4.5% – 6.5% by law

    http://www.astidocg.info/il-moscato/disciplinare-di-produzione-del-moscato-dasti-d-o-c-g/

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Stefano, Thank you for your information. I love hearing about a wine form a knowledgeable source of which you are one. Come back anytime to add your knowledge to the conversation. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    I would buy this one simply due to the blue bottle, and I can imagine it would not disappoint. I’ve been collecting blue bottles ever since I went to Greece.

  • Alex Marie

    I love moscato d’asti my absolute go to summer wine. Need to try this one out thanks for the write up gonna have to pick it up next time I’m at bevmo.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Alex and welcome, Then you will love this Moscato d”Asti. It has the makings of being a standard on my go to wine list.

  • BeaSempere

    I used to drink dry wines, but I’m beginning to enjoy Rose and dessert wines. Even though I’m not so much of a sweet drinker, these wines are great for the summer. I’ll have to put this one on my list. :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Bea, Welcome. I still enjoy a dry red wine but have been expanding my horizons. This one is particularly good chilled on a hot spring or summer day. :-)

  • Julie

    This does sound good. I love the info from Stefano. The blue bottle has my vote too.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Julie, It is that. When you try it let me know what you think. :-)

  • Ann Odle

    I think I’d buy this one just because of the beautiful bottle; I’ve seen it before but haven’t tried it yet. One of my faves for summer is from Ironstone Vineyards and is called Symphony–its moscato-like, and delicious; but I’ll put this one on my must-try list

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan Cooper

      Hi Ann, When it was recommended it was resistant because of the blue bottle (even though I loved it). I love not only the bottle but what’s inside as well, a winning combination for sure. Ironstone has some great wines. I have yet to try their Symphony. :-)

  • Debra Yearwood

    My list of wines to try when next I’m in the U.S. is getting longer all the time. I cannot find that wine here, but I am intrigued enough to try a different Moscato d’Asti, sounds like a great summer treat served cold.

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