There is this wine, unlike most others, that has become quite popular in recent year. As it is low in calories and cost, it easily fits into your social life as well as your healthy lifestyle. Boozing without the calories as well as without the expense? It must be some tasteless and dry form, you may (wrongly) think.
No, it is not! Moscato wine, being the new craze and popular amongst celebrities and pop artists, is actually a sweet wine that comes in mostly sparkling varieties. It is paired inexpensively with fine dining, without being a ‘cheap’ alternative to a rich red wine or dry white wine. Cheap, in this case, meaning lack of flavour and authenticity.
As well as having these attracting qualities, it has one more benefit – a low alcohol level of only 5-7%. Well, this upside is for those wanting to enjoy a glass or two or three, with friends or alongside a meal, without losing their inhibitions and jeopardising their healthy lifestyle.
Although both red and white wine, along with all alcohol for that matter, don’t have any nutritional facts on their label, it certainly doesn’t mean that they are without calories. The reason for nutritional facts on food and drink, is to show that these contain nutrients that make up ones daily diet. The lack of this information on all alcohol, even wine (which does contain nutrients and antioxidants), is to not encourage the intake of alcohol as a part of ones daily nutritional allowance.
To your surprise, the sweeter wines do not necessarily have the highest calories. This is due to the fact that alcohol has nearly twice the amount of energy (calories) as that of sugar. Whether dry or sweet, red or white, a wine’s alcohol level determines its calories, making moscato wine a front-runner with regards to low calories. It has only 110-170 calories per glass (6oz serving), all because of its low alcohol levels.
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Wine prices vary between red, white, dry or sweet and their make, but in general, wine is expensive. This is all due to the fact that alcohol in general is expensive, making most bottles of white or red wine, quite pricey.
The great thing about moscato wine is that it is low in alcohol, dropping its price considerably. Being a cheaper version of wine that is not as intimidating as some other wines, it attracts those who aren’t wine lovers. Although, not as pricey, it definitely still has a high-class feel to it, all because of its bubbles and possibly even its exotic name.
What is Moscato Wine?
Moscato wine is found mostly in a fizzy form, being either slightly bubbly or fully sparkling. It also however is sometimes still, even though this form is not as popular as the fizzante (sparkling form). One thing that doesn’t differ throughout all the style varieties of moscato wine is its sweetness, the fruity flavours (peach, apricot, nectarine and orange) as well as the refreshing taste and beautiful, strong aroma. This is due to the white Muscat Blanc grapes, known as moscato in Italian, from which this white wine is made. Thus the name – moscato wine.
Although the name is Italian, moscat grapes are grown in many countries with more temperate climates, such as Greece, Spain, France, California, Australia and of course Italy.
Another interesting fact to raise during your fine dining experience and yes, sipping on some moscato wine: the moscato grapes are one of the oldest grapes cultivated that we know and have been used for the making of wine.
Knowing all this, along with its light and beautiful flavour, whether you are a wine connoisseur or not a drinker at all, it is something you must try. After all it’s been around for centuries.
At the end of last month, I decided to spoil my husband with an extravagant birthday dinner. Having bought a lovely bottle of Saraco Moscato d’Asti, I got a few tips from a private chef. What was great about me bringing them on board was that he knew exactly which foods, spices, herbs and vegetables to pair with the moscato wine, allowing the combination of flavours to wow both my husband and I.
Pairing Moscato Wine
This particular wine pairs better with whiter and lighter meats, such as turkey, chicken, duck and pork. One can also opt for some seafood, as in lobster, crab and shrimps. Another possibility are classic medium to hard cheeses, but also a huge variety of spices and herbs, fruits and vegetables –pineapple, orange, mango, celery, carrots, fennel, peppers and green onion – and even tofu. The moscato wine turned out to be a great pick and completed a fun evening.
It gets even better – moscato wine also pairs beautifully with an abundance of foods. Asian food and Moscato wine are the perfect match. Be it Singaporean, Vietnamese, Chinese or Thai. All these cuisines vary from light to spicy, which is why this wine compliments their meals. The lightness in alcohol and sweetness in taste combat the spicy versions and pair perfectly with lighter meals without over-powering their taste
With its perfect meal match, being Asian, of course the majority of the moscato wine drinkers will be Asian. However, moscato wine is also very popular amongst Latinos and African-Americans – their majority drinkers being females.
If you don’t fall under any of these categories, there is no need to be concerned, it’s worth your while giving it a try. As moscato wine isn’t amongst the most expensive of wines out there, you have nothing to lose. My husband, who is none of the above and very fussy when it comes to food and drink, is hooked and now ‘sips Moscato’ at every chance he gets.