Ahhhh Moscato, the grape trend that just keeps on trending! It has been a few years since I’ve written about Moscato, at which time I felt we were approaching Moscato-mania with the growing interests and requests for the wine. Well, several years later, it’s still going strong. However, this seemingly simple grape can be slightly confusing, primarily because it has so many different names. If there were such a thing as a grape identity crisis, Moscato would be at the top of the list.
Officially, it belongs to the muscat family of grapes and is grown all over the world. Here are some examples: it is referred to as Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains in France, Muscadel in South Africa, Moscatel in Portugal, Muscat Ottonel in Austria, Black Muscat or Orange Muscat in California and Moscato Bianco or Muscat Canelli in Piedmont, Italy. In addition to all the aliases, it’s also quite versatile.