2008, Napa California, $6.00 for 750ml, 10% Alc. content
My first experience with white wine was waaaaaay back in the 1990’s when I had just finished high school and had somehow managed to finagle a glass of Chardonnay from a disgruntled flight attendant. I unpeeled my foil-wrapped chicken Marsala, opened up the individually-sized cheddar cheese (you know, the baby round ones in that red wax coating) and thrilled at the prospect of finally discovering what all the fuss was about. Plastic glass in hand, I took a deep sip of my ill-gotten hooch. Well, I was disappointed. Not just that, but I truly hated it. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would actually choose to drink this stuff! (Of course, this was at a time when I drank copious amounts of kool aid and very, very, very sweet ice coffee.)
At any rate, since then, I don’t know if I’ve ever met a Chardonnay that I have had strong positive feelings for. But I think I’ve discovered the reason: I’m a sucker for sweet white wine. It’s delicious and refreshing and (unless fortified or harvested late) often a little lower on the alcohol content.
Beringer’s Moscato is no different; it is crisp, brightly aromatic and just acidic enough to balance out the sweetness so you don’t feel like your drinking kool aid (no offense to the stuff — I’ve already confessed to having been an avid fan). Maybe it was the name “Moscato” which comes from the Muscat family within the Vitis vinifera species (the species that most of our well known wines come from such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, etc.), but the flavor did remind me some of apple mixed with muscadine — which is a totally different species of grape (Vitis rotundifolia) grown largely in the southeastern United States.
Oh, and the Beringer Moscato is pretty, too. It looks like pale, liquid gold in a glass.
Bottom line: I like it! It is perfect for a dessert wine or just alone, and I actually tried it both at room temperate and chilled; I enjoyed both versions, but the chilled went better with my dinner of chicken and veggie fried rice. I’d would definitely be amenable to getting this again.
One last tip: if you’re interested in trying this or other versions of Moscato, note that “Muscat, Moscatel or Moscato” are all the same thing, just different ways of identifying this variety.
wine’s website: www.beringer.com