Kanye West, Lil’ Kim Give Props to Frizzante, Summery Moscato
Ever since rapper Kanye West started giving shout-outs five years ago to the lightly fizzy, perfumey white wine, Moscato has been a varietal on the rise.
These wines mostly fall in the middle of the sweetness spectrum and are gently sparkling, or, as Italians say, frizzante.
While the grape has been a local staple since the Crusades, only with modern cellar technology was the current style of Moscato d’Asti possible.
Thanks to heady aromas of orange blossom and rose petals, refreshing citrus and pear flavors, and only 5 to 6 percent alcohol, today’s gulpable fizzy Moscato could practically be a breakfast wine. It has day-drinking written all over it.
With light sweetness balanced by zingy acidity, most examples play well as an easy-drinking aperitif, weekend brunch wine, sunset-watching beach pour, dessert partner or late night sipper while stargazing in the hot tub.
According to research company Nielsen, Moscato is the fastest growing white varietal, or as vice president Danny Brager told Wine & Spirits Daily last month, one of this year’s “speeding bullets.’’
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