Updated: Jan 3
“The challenge has been opening people’s eyes to the fact that Moscato can exist outside of the category of ‘sweet wines,’ ” —Heidi Barrett, La Sirena
Is Moscato Wine Sweet or Dry?
Moscato is considered a sweeter wine, but how it’s made is dictated by the winemaker and the style that they’re aiming to produce. It generally has lower acidity, with a slight sweetness thanks to higher levels of residual sugar. Stefano Chiarlo, enologist at family-owned Michele Chiarlo Winery, says he likes working with Moscato because “it is a native grape that produces a wine that is neither too heavy, nor too sweet and pairs well with more than just dessert.”
Many Moscatos are popular as they are made with lower alcohol (around 5-6%), whereas white wine is much higher with 12% alcohol. #BlackLivesMatter Moscato has 13.8 alcohol volume. It is not very sweet. We wanted to create a still Moscato that paired well with dinner and brunch so that it can be used as a conversation catalyst at dinner tables across the nation. We want people to not only enjoy amazing wine but also have engaging conversations about social justice.
There are 3 major Moscato wine types: Sparkling Moscato d’Asti, still Moscato, and dessert Moscato. The “best” Moscato depends on the foods you pair with it and when you’re enjoying it.
Sparkling Moscato is made from Muscat Blanc grapes. This style is mainly found in the province of Asti, Italy, so naturally it’s called Moscato d’Asti. This sweet frizzante bubbly wine has high aromatics and light alcohol level (close to 5-6% ABV).
A still Moscato is made from Muscat Blanc or Moscatel grapes. This style isn’t very common, although its alcohol content is much higher than most Moscatos (close to 12% ABV).
These wines are typically made with Moscatel grapes (aka Muscat of Alexandria) or Orange Muscat. These grapes tend to have a thick oily texture and a tawny color. Dessert Moscato wines are most commonly sourced from the South of France, Southern Spain, Australia, and the U.S. Oak aging is common with these wines.