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Introduction to Moscato Wine and why has it become popular recently?

Updated on March 24, 2013

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An introduction to Moscato Wine

Moscato wine is made from the muscat variety of grapes. This type of grape is commonly used for table grapes and raisins as well as wine. There are many varieties of muscat grapes that are grown around the world and the number of different varieties suggests that it may be one of the oldest varieties of domesticated grapes.

Muscat grapes are known for their sweet, floral aroma and this aroma translates to Moscato wine which has a perfume like fragrance. Moscato wine has a lower alcohol content than other wines, typically in the 5 to 8% range and it is a semi-sparkling wine with a hint of fizziness. It is a white wine that is usually sweet or semi sweet with medium acidity. There are different varieties of Moscato wine and most are very fruity.

Moscato wine is growing in popularity and according to Nielsen ratings, sales of Moscato wine in retail establishments increased by 73% last year. Moscato wine is very popular with young adults between the ages of 21 and 34. One reason may be because of the sweet and fizzy quality of this type of wine. This type of wine may be more appealing to people that grew up drinking soda pop with similar qualities. Another reason for its popularity with young adults may be because of its inexpensive price point with many bottles ranging in price from $5 to $15.

Another reason for its increasing popularity may be because of all of the attention it has been getting from hip-hop artists. Moscato has been included in the lyrics of rap songs and one hip-hop group, the St. Lunatics, launched their own label of Moscato wine called "Freaky Muscato".

Here are some varieties of Moscato wine to try out. You may want to see if you can track down some of these labels.

Piemonte Moscato Pelassa

This bottle retails for $21. It is known for a fizzante sparkle with flavours of apple and orange. A great summer wine according to Dr Jim's Wine Reviews blog.

Barefoot Moscato

Barefoot moscato has nice fruity taste and perfect for the summers. One of the most bought moscato wines and is very affordable. Try their pink moscato as well. $6-$9 More detail from Amazon.

Primo Amore Moscato

This bottle currently retails for $10.49 and is getting great reviews from customers. A good beginner Moscato wine. It doesn't have an aftertaste like many other Moscatos.

2011 Quady Electra Moscato - Orange Muscat

This bottle currently retails for $12.99 and is also getting great reviews. A nice "quintessential dessert wine. It's light, refreshing, fruity and yummy."

2010 Cupcake Moscato D'Asti

This particular bottle currently retails for just $9.69 with a nice crisp and clean taste. $10-$12. More detail from Amazon.

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