Moscato wine is a delicious semisweet, low-alcohol, fizzy white wine. We've gathered some of the best Moscato wine brands on the market to review based on flavor profiles, food pairing capabilities, and overall value.
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A classic Italian Moscato, Castello del Poggio Moscato offers a lively nose filled with ripe peach and citrus. The palate doesn't stray too far from the initial aromatic impression, adding in some sweet tangerine to the fruit along with well-honed acidity and remarkable balance. Piedmont's Castello del Poggio Moscato is always a crowd pleaser, and at about $10 a bottle, it's an affordable choice.
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Ecco Domani Moscato 2011 (Italy)
Easy to find with its bright blue bottle, the Ecco Domani Moscato is a sweet treat for those looking for a refreshing white wine with a slight effervescence, semi-sweet style and lower on the alcohol than your typical white wine. Expect vibrant aromas to include honeysuckle, tangerine, and ripe peach along with candied citrus on the palate with a decent dose of supporting stone fruit, well-managed acidity, and very food-friendly nature.
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Arguably one of Piedmont's most notable names for authentic, easy to find, delicious to drink Moscato wine, Saracco puts together a gorgeous ensemble of floral aromas with beautifully balanced acidity. Lighter-bodied with a semi-sweet palate appeal and a refreshing fizz factor make this Italian white perfect for pairing with fresh seasonal fruit. Or if you prefer the well-matched flavors of sweet and spice, mix this Moscato up to tame the palate heat of Asian fare or Cajun cuisine.
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This authentic Moscato releases delicate floral-filled aromas and tropical fruit on the outset. With the palate profile packing D'Anjou pear and red apple nuances, the fizzy, fruit-forward themes run well balanced from the semi-sweet start to fairly, full finish.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Sutter Home Pink Moscato NV (CA) $6
Often associated with introducing the world to "White Zin," Sutter Home has a knack for producing sweet-themed, crowd-pleasing wine. Their pink Moscato is no exception. Reminiscent of peaches and cream on the nose and playing the part again on the palate, this Moscato is brimming with ripe, rich stonefruit from pleasing start to fruit-laden finish. Perfect for sipping anytime.
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Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato 2010 (Italy) $20
Admittedly, this is one of the pricier Moscatos on our "top picks" list, yet once you've tasted what Ceretto can do with the Moscato grape we think you'll see why. Presenting plenty of passion fruit mingled with the sweet floral scents of orange blossom on the nose, this wine continues to gain intensity on the palate. Honeyed peach preserves and the concentrated tastes of candied fruit make their way along the palate profile. Good acidity, depth, and overall balance keep this Moscato from being over sweet. Consider pairing with peach pie, raspberry sorbet or a lemon meringue.
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Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato 2011 (Australia) $12
This light pink, slightly sweet Australian Moscato offers a flirtatious mix of strawberries and cream with a whisper of rose petal on the nose. Intense sweet fruit, playful frizz ante bubbles, and an unexpected, enduring finish all collide to make this a must-try Moscato.
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Barefoot Moscato - quite possibly the best bargain Moscato brand around, after all, $5 is tough to beat. This is a light-hearted, easy-going, non-vintage Moscato that brings all of the sweet, spritz flavors of juicy peach, a touch of apricot and some serious citrus to the glass. A fun, sweet, bubbly wine, that's easy on the wallet and a snap to find, Barefoot has flung the consumer door to Moscato wide open.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Cupcake Moscato is a light-hearted white wine that embodies the sweet and fizzy expectations that have come to be somewhat synonymous with many Moscato wines on today's market. With plenty of residual sugar to keep the flavors sweet and the alcohol low, the Cupcake Moscato brings fragrant floral notes to the nose and melon, peaches, and pineapple fruit to the palate. Perfect for sipping on its own or as an aperitif, consider pairing this Moscato with a fresh fruit tart or raspberry cheesecake.