LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: August 4
Batasiolo Bosc dla Rei Moscato d'Asti DOCG (Piedmont, Italy)
Sale $12.65, Regular $
Discount (until Aug. 14): $3.00
LCBO # 277194 | 750 mL bottle
Tastes like: Fresh apricot, apple, citrus and ginger. Bright and medium sweet.
Pairs with: Light charcuterie, fruit and berries, semi-sweet desserts, biscotti, soft cheeses. Also try with smoked trout or salmon, or salmon salad.
Good for: Early afternoon drinking. No judging!
Why we're drinking this
If you can’t have fun drinking Moscato d’Asti, then you just can’t have fun. Yeah, it’s the Cindy Lauper of wines and I mean that as a compliment (gotta love her!) Moscato is the grape and Asti is the town in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. “Asti” also more popularly denotes a very sweet sparkling wine, but that’s a different beast. Moscato d’Asti is only slightly bubbly — the Italians call it “frizzante” — and usually about medium in sweetness. It makes a great early afternoon refresher, when you don’t want too much alcohol but you just want a little lip smack.
A beautiful nose of apricot and honeysuckle, very pretty and inviting. Sweet in the mouth, but not overly so. Lots of delicious ripe fruit: fresh apricot, tangerine, lemon-lime and ripe red apple, with some honey and a touch of ginger. It’s just slightly spritzy, medium-light in weight and very light in alcohol (just 5.5%). The finish is quite long and is bolstered by bright acidity. That tension — acid and sweet — provides a nice reason to take another sip. It’s really pleasant.
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