May 9, 2013

National Moscato Day

“One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.” - Charles Baudelaire

It's National Moscato Day!

Moscato's are made from the muscat grape (muscat blanc) which happen to be one of the oldest varietals there are. National Moscato Day was created by the Gallo Family Vineyards in 2012 as a way to raise awareness of and educate drinkers on this particular style of wine that is steadily growing in popularity in the United States.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Unfortunately every time I mentioned that today was National Moscato Day - for the most part - people grimaced. "Too sweet for me," they'd say dismissively. This concerned me because I'm not usually a white wine or a sweet wine fan; I tend to gravitate towards off-dry reds. So I really took my time trying to find a moscato I thought might prove my fears wrong.

I LOVE wine, but I'm an enthusiast not a connoisseur (I do know more than I let on, though). And truthfully, I tend to pick my bottles based on incredibly superficial things. Like geographical location, is the label creative or pretty (it's okay if you cringed at reading that - I cringed at writing that), and most importantly, is there copy on the label and is it a) informative, b) clever, charming, whimsical, exotic, or romantic, and c) does it suggest what foods pair best with the wine? It's a really bizarre way to pick a bottle of wine, I know. When I walked into the New Hampshire State Liquor Store there was a giant display of Sequin (what's that? Your brand name conjures up sparkly things?!) - the bottles were covered in blue polka dots (HOW FUN) - and it was promoted as a "delicately bubbled moscato" (and you describe yourself with unique adjective not usually associated with food?!). As if I needed further persuasion that THIS was the wine for me, the back of the label read, "sweet with delicate bubbles - allowing aromas and flavors of citrus blossom, honeysuckle, soft white peach and honeyed nectar to shimmer. Enjoy with almond biscotti or Gruyere cheese."

Sold. Sold. Sold. Sold. Sold.

The wine was delicious! I drank it with food, with dessert, on it's own - and it was divine all ways. Light, refreshing, slightly bubbly, flavorful, and dangerously easy to drink. Perhaps the people I spoke to who dislike moscatos are picking their bottles based on silly things like, I don't know, credentials or awards. Because I would absolutely drink this particular wine - a 2011 Sequin - again! For me, it was a very...

Happy National Moscato Day!