My Top Moscatos of the Moment

Everyone needs a little wine time. I prefer the sweet kind. If you’re new to sweeter wine my favorite is Moscato (obviously). Moscato is most known to be an Italian-grown fruity white dessert wine, featuring peach, orange and or nectarine, sometimes with a slight fizz. Moscato is made with muscat grapes, which are thought to be the oldest variety of grape in the world. It’s now made out of California, Spain, Japan and many other locations.

This wine is low in alcohol about 5-6% alcohol and easy to drink. In 2012 the Wall Street Journal’s wine columnist reported moscato was the most popular wine sensation of 2012 and 2011 (coincidentally the year I turned 21), citing its welcomed drink-ability for those that are newcomers to drinking wine. A “gateway wine” – haha!

There are so many fun variations of Moscato now. Next time you see a Moscato on the menu, or at the store, I encourage you to give it a try and let me know what you think.

My Top Moscatos of the Moment (an ever-expanding list

  1. Moscato by Cavit is just plain light and refreshing for enjoying at home on the couch after a long day. It’s also so cheap!

  2. Villa Jolanda Moscato & Coconut is bubbly and a bit of a dry finish for such a sweet wine. Its more of a special occasion wine than a drink with dinner.

  3. Mia Dolcea Moscato d’Asti bubbly is sweet and light, just what I like.

  4. Cupcake Vineyard’s Moscato d’Asti is light with sweet notes of nectarine, honey and peach.

  5. Stella Rosa Wines of San Antonio Wines has a Moscato D’Asti that is more strongly carbonated than most moscatos, but is also sweet, fruity and delicious. Plus the brand is just fun. The bottle has a raised embossed crown emblem. I love their digital and social content, this definitely a brand with personality.

    Stella rosa moscato wine

  6. I was first attracted to Bartenura’s moscato because of the beautiful blue bottle. The taste keeps this wine in my regularly purchased rotation. It’s bright and refreshing, semi sweet, with pear, tangerine, nectar and melon fruit flavors.

  7. The Peach wine by local North Hills of Pittsburgh, Narcisi Winery, has a delicious flavor and is a tiny bit tart. This is a syrupy fruit wine. I also enjoy their Black Raspberry. Its also very fruity, tart but does not have the syrupy quality of the Peach.
    Narcisi winery

  8. Moscato by Ohio’s Gervasi I think it is super yummy, but I do have to admit it is very syrupy sweet. It is served in a tiny dessert wine glass at Gervasi. My favorite Gervasi wine is the Brigante sweet red. It is described as having an “assertive structure, complex berry flavors – ‘Bad Boy’ personality. I’m surprised that I like this wine so much because its not just sweet, but has another layer of something, maybe a smokiness, that I didn’t think I’d like this wine so much. It is delicious. I can’t help but take another bottle home with us after each visit to Gervasi.

🥂cheers to the last sweet drink of 2017 & first of 2✨0✨1✨8

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Gervasi Brigante wine

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Deep Water Vineyard & Firefly Distillery

Deep Water Vineyard

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While vacationing in Charleston, SC we took an afternoon trip to the beautiful Deep Water Vineyard & Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island. These are located on the same plantation and were originally started by the same family business. The winery came first when a retired couple ventured in growing grapes.

When we arrived we were greeted by a sign advising us to do the wine tasting before the liquor tasting at the distillery. IMG_4024

We joined the next wine tour and sampled 5 delicious wines while watching a video of how the winery was founded and developed. For $5.00, you can taste all 5 of the wines and receive a complimentary wine glass!

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IMG_4113We took a quick break before moving on to the distillery to wander around the farm and meet the animals. We met the resident cow. We were warned that she would head-butt us and she did.IMG_4061

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But the original reason we were there was to sample the Firefly Distillery concoctions.

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Everything was delicious. We spent a good bit of time talking to our barman whose brother and himself have worked for the company for awhile. He had just got back from working for the summer at the resort in the Bahamas affiliated with the distillery. The tasting was $6 per person and we even got to keep the glass! I purchased the Coconut Cake Liqueur and the Peach Moonshine and can’t wait to enjoy!

I was already feeling pretty good after the wine samples. I am known to be the biggest lush, plus I’ve only drank before 5 pm a handful of times in my life. So I was was really done after tasting the 6 Firefly samples of my choosing. Lets just say I had to nap before dinner! The trip to Wadmalaw Island was great fun & I would suggest anyone visiting Charleston to make the trip as well.

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Seven Springs Wine Fest

Seven Springs Wine Festival

I’ve spent the majority of weekends in my past two winters at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, conquering the slopes strapped to a board (aka struggling to keep a brave face and solider on down the mountain). So it was a refreshing experience to see the mountains that have tried me, green and flush with a much more appealing display of wine, at the Seven Springs Wine Fest!

The concept of this wine festival at Seven Springs is amazing. Seemingly endless wine samples from proud and welcoming wineries. There was just the right amount of vendors to explore, all PA wineries. They surprisingly all had multiple sweet options for me to enjoy. I learned that besides moscato, I also love wines made with Niagara, and concord grapes types as well as peach, raspberry and blackberry wines.

Seven Springs Wine Fest

The Seven Springs wine fest event is great to go to in groups of friends, there were a lot of big groups and bachelorette parties. We were invited by our close friends and band The String Theory who regularly perform at Seven Springs events.

Wine Fest Seven Springs 🍷🗻 #winefest #winefest7Springs @7springspa #winefest7S

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Friends on wine, is mighty fine! 😉

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