LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: August 4

Batasiolo Bosc dla Rei Moscato d'Asti DOCG (Piedmont, Italy) 

Sale $12.65, Regular $15.65
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!
Alcohol: 5.5%
Drink: Now.

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.

Tasting note
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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