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Moscato Wine Reviews

Moscato Wine Brands – Muscat

Before we get to the Moscato Wine Reviews and Moscato wine brands, here’s a little background on Moscato, (moss-cah’-to) Wine.  Moscato is an Italian name for Muscat. Muscat is said to be the world’s oldest variety of grape and is widely grown for wine, raisins and table grapes.  Muscat grapes range in color from white to black and produce a Moscato wine that is characteristically defined by a sweet floral aroma.  Moscato Wines are usually sparkling wines like Asti Spumante and Champagnes, and an extensive variety of Moscato wines are produced throughout Italy.

Moscato Wine Reviews

Below are three Moscato Wine Reviews starting with a Moscato Champagne, followed by a Moscato White Wine and a Moscato Spumante.

Saracco 2010 Moscato d’Asti-Champagne and Sparkling

This Moscato wine is a Champagne and Sparkling Vintage by Two Hands from Barossa Valley, Australia.  This is a five star rated vintage Moscato wine.  It is a Pale straw Moscato with a zesty bouquet of fresh grapefruits, watermelon, banana peel, straw, limes, sherbet and fresh flowers. It has a light and lovely sweet coating with a bright acidity. It is off dry and slightly effervescent with a low 7% rate of alcohol.

Saracco Moscato Wine Reviews – Critical Acclaim

90 Points The Wine Advocate

Saint Supery 2006 Moscato – Muscat White Wine

This Moscato is a White wine by St. Supery of Napa Valley, California. It is made from the Muscat Canelli grapes; a grape which is harvested in September to maintain its delicate fruit flavors. The 2006 Muscato is wonderfully light and could be used as a great summer wine. It has delicate white peach, apricot and pear aromas blended with a slight floral finish. It is a light wine, but still full of rich flavors.  Most notable is the taste of sweet pear and apricots. This Moscato wine is perfect for an afternoon luncheon.

Bottega Petalo Moscato Spumante – Champagne & Sparkling

Bottega Petalo Moscato Spumante is a Champagne and Sparkling wine, but non-vintage by Bottega from Veneto, Italy. The Moscato Giallo Vinification uses the Italian Charmat method of fermentation.  The Charmat process ferments Moscato wine first in stainless steel and then in sealed tanks for an additional 30 days. The color is a brilliant gold with a bouquet of roses.  You will taste hints of apricot and peach, and a blend of apple and peach flavors. This is also a low alcohol content Moscato wine at 7%.  As a serving suggestion, this Moscato wine goes great with desserts such as custards, pies and ice cream. Bottega Petalo Moscato Wine Reviews – Critical Acclaim Grape Varieties 100% Moscato Giallo Moscato wines are lightly sweet sparkling wines with brilliant fruit bouquets.  Moscato wines lend a sweet effervescent to your dining experience, and can be a great bubbly companion to your sweet dishes.

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Red Wine Blends

Red wine blends, particularly those by domestic producers, are growing in popularity. Red blends can be a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot or any combination of red wines.

Red wine blends are typically 40 to 50-percent of the main grape with smaller portions of the others. Blends give the wine a nice balance, a better finish and a more complex flavor. Here are four red wine blends, two that are full-bodied and two with a gentler harmony of fruit.

 

Menage a Trois Midnight Dark Red BlendMenage a Trois Midnight Dark Red Blend 2013
Red Blends from California

If you love intense red wines – this one is deep, dark and bold. Ménage à Trois Midnight Dark Red Blend combines Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Petit Verdot to create a luxurious and rich intermingling. These four grapes present a velvety texture and a sumptuous concentration of fruit.

 

 

Conundrum Red Blend 2012Conundrum Red Blend 2012
Red Blend from California

This is another bold blend with aromas of dark fruit, berries and plums. Conundrum Red has a blatant smoky and full-bodied finish and a serious texture with brown spice distinctions.

 

 

 

 

Beringer Red Moscato Beringer Red Moscato
Red Blend from California

Beringer Red Moscato is a pleasant blend of Moscato, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. It’s a classic and elegant blend of red berries and ripe black cherry flavors. It also has a smooth presentation with sweet fruit flavors and a refreshing finish.

 
Apothic Crush Red Blend 2013Apothic Red
Red Blend from California

This is a special red blend of Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir. A limited release, this red wine offers notes of caramel and chocolate, which creates a velvety smooth taste.

 

 

Whether your preference is a red and bold or a lighter fare, the red wine blends offer a broad selection, and at many wine retailers, an aisle of their own.

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Pinot Grigio – Pinot Gris

It’s all about personal preference really.  Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are actually produced from the same white grape.  The slight difference in the name is based on where the grapes were grown.  For instance, if the wine was produced in Italy or California it’s called Pinot Grigio.  (NY Housewife Ramona’s favorite) However, if it’s produced in France, Canada, or even Oregon it’s called Pinot Gris.  Pinot Grigio from Italy tends to be dry.  The French version of Pinot Gris leans more toward fruits and flowers.  The difference in taste depends on the climate the grapes are grown in and how the wine is produced.  Here are a few examples to consider.

Terlano 2006 Pinot Grigio – Pinot Gris/Grigio White Wine
by Terlano from Trentino-Alto Adige of Italy. This Pinot Grigio has a light straw color and the pleasant aromas of melon and apples with a crisp and light taste.

La Vis 2010 Pinot Grigio – Pinot Gris/Grigio White Wine
by La Vis from Trentino-Alto Adige of Italy.  This Pinot features a delicate blend of  flower and spice scents, and the flavor is a medley of almond, tangerine and apricot fruits.  La Vis 2010 Pinot Grigio balances a soft texture and crisp citrus finish perfectly.

And then, of course, if you are familiar with the Housewife Series on Bravo, there is always much to do about New York Housewife Ramona Singer’s Pinot Grigio.

Ramona Singer 2010 Pinot Grigio – Pinot Gris/Grigio White Wine
by Ramona Singer from Veneto, also of Italy.  Pinot Grigio is all Ramona will drink, and now that she has produced her own Pinot Grigio, she won’t go to a party without it.  It’s fruity but crisp with a mild hint of hazelnut.  Ramona finds the soft and delicate finish irresistible.  If she won’t leave home without it, her Pinot Grigio must be fabulous.

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Earth-Friendly Wines

Earth Day is April 22nd and is celebrated with green wine, or earth friendly wines. No, not wine that is the color of green, but good for the earth Green wines. Green wines are from vineyards that use sustainable, organic, and other bio-dynamic practices in the vineyard or in the wine-making process.

Earth Day is April 22nd – Celebrate with green wine!

To celebrate Earth Day, Wine.Com is putting all of their green wines on sale, and if you are a first time-buy you will receive an exclusive offer. First-time customers will receive 1 cent shipping with on no purchase minimum on your order. So it’s time to browse wine related gifts and stock up on Earth-Friendly wines!

This is how it will work. When new customers become subscribers and sign up for the Wine.Com email list, you will receive a welcome offer with a promotion code good for 1 cent shipping on your first order. Enter this promotion code GIFT12 at checkout.

Even if you are a returning customer, Wine.Com is offering all shoppers 10% savings all month long on gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day and any celebration.

This months sales also include an offer of 10% off all wine gift sets and all gift baskets.

If you think it’s too soon to order a gift for Mother’s Day, think again. Wine.Com offers date-specific delivery so you can save 10% now and have that gift in place and ready to ship on the date selected at checkout, so your gift will arrive right on time for any occasion. Just enter this promotion code GIFT12 at checkout. The offer is only valid until 5/31/12 so don’t be late.

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Holiday Wine Gift Baskets

In the spirit of the holiday season Wine.Com is extending discounts and free shipping promotions on wine gift baskets.  If you are looking for great deals on beautiful wine gift baskets, the flat shipping offer makes this a really good bargain.  The flat shipping rates continue until December 19th.  See below.

Wine Gift Basket Deals Galore

  • $5 flat rate shipping, with no minimum order, NOW through 12/19/10!  Enjoy $5 flat rate shipping use code 5DOLLARS at checkout.  Expires 12/19/10
  • 1 cent shipping on gifts baskets and gift sets starts Monday 12/13/10!  1 cent shipping on wine gift baskets and wine gift sets use code PENNYGIFT at checkout.  12/13/10–12/19/10

Here’s what’s coming

  • 12/14/10–12/15/10: Enjoy 1 cent shipping on orders of $49+

 

  • 12/16/10: 1 cent shipping on gift baskets and wine gift sets

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day gift ideas.You can really get better offerings, better prices and better delivery options when you plan ahead.

Wine is one of the best gifts to give for Valentine’s Day. Its puts a smile on the recipients face, and it sets the mood of the celebration.

Look at this Valentine’s Day Wine Gift Set.It includes a bottle of Rosa Regale and Godiva Chocolates. Who won’t love it? Spirits and chocolates are at the top of the Valentines Day gift list.

How about this Piper Heidsieck Brut with the decorative “I Love You” box. These are the kinds of options that planning ahead makes possible.

When you wait until the last minute, the gift can tend to look last minute – and that’s not the impression anyone wants to give. Start looking now. Every manufacturer is going overboard to get consumers interested, and they are certainly doing a good job at presenting a variety of creative and appealing Valentine’s Day gift offerings.

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