Best Muscat Wine
One of the oldest grapes grown to make wine, Muscat has hundreds of varieties, but Muscat Blanc is most widely planted and considered the best.
It's signature aroma is actually grapes/raisins along with coriander, peach, orange, flowers and musk. It's often scorned for being a simple wine with its grapey notes and low acidity; the white sister of Beaujolais that's best consumed young.
However, when well made, it is a refined wine that's beautifully aromatic, almost perfumed. Stylistically, it is light, dry and refreshing; slightly sparkling; and a lovely unctuous fortified dessert wine called Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise in the southern Rhone Valley of France, Muscat de Rivesaltes in Roussillon, Liqueur Muscat (made from Black Muscat) in Australia ("stickies"), and Moscatel de Setubal in Portugal.
My reviews of these Muscat white wines are updated weekly. These Muscat white wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Muscat wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Muscat in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.
California, United States
Alcohol: 13.5% Sweetness: Medium Dry 750 ml Drink: 2010‐2013
LCBO: 173286 Check Stock
BC: 293811 Check Stock
SAQ: 10354005 Check Stock
A.C., Alsace, France
Alcohol: 12% Sweetness: Extra Dry 750 ml Drink: 2009‐2014
LCBO: 224634 Check Stock
D.O.C.G., Piedmont, Italy
Alcohol: 4.5% Sweetness: Medium 750 ml
LCBO: 705897 Check Stock
Côtes De Thau, Midi, France
Alcohol: 13.5% Sweetness: Extra Dry 750 ml
LCBO: 150169 Check Stock
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Most Mediterranean wine regions make Muscat-based wines, including Greece and Spain (Moscatel de Málaga). In many areas of France, it's called Muscat Frontignan, but in the Loire Valley it is known as Muscadet. In Italy, it goes by the alias Moscato di Canelli where it is also the base for asti spumante sweet sparklers.
In South Africa, it goes by Muscadel and makes the wonderful and historic wine, Vin de Constance. California and Chile also produce this wine as it likes temperate climates, but it is prone to disease.
Muscat is often blended with California's White Zinfandel and Alsace's Gewurztraminer to add more fruitiness to the final wine. Muscat Orange, with its orange blossom aromas, does well in California where Quady Winery makes lovely dessert wines called Essencia and Elysium that are perfect with chocolate-orange desserts.
Dry and sparkling styles of Muscat pair well with nuts, smoked ham, soft cheeses, light curries, shellfish, seafood, egg dishes, Asian noodles, risotto and avocado salad.
Drink dessert-style Muscats with dark chocolate, almond-flavored desserts, cakes, gorgonzola and cambozola cheese, bananas flambéed or fritters, mince pies and rhubarb crumble.