Moscato IGT Veneto – Sacchetto (Trebaseleghe, Italy)

  • My Rating: [C+]

Moscato IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) Veneto – Sacchetto, 7% ABV, 750 ml., (Trebaseleghe, Italy)

more information about this moscato on their Italian website:

  • Style: (frizzante, aperitif) Moscato IGT
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : 16th St Liquor / West Vancouver
  • How much: $16 CAD (after 10% off) – 750 ml., August 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: nah

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Non-vintage. Resealable bailer-top bottle. Pours clear light sunshine yellow with tight large bubbles hugging the side of the glass, sporadic surfacing bubbles, a few singular slow steady small bubble streams. Frizzante.

Nose: lemon curd, apple-pineapple, partial wine acidity (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: dense sugars, sweet & fruity impression

Mid-palate: tingly mouthfeel, (lvl-8-sweetness), med-high sour/slight tangy, apple juice, lemony, white table grape, green apple

Finish: residual fruitness-sour

Summary: Very fruity forward with a big sweetness to back it up. The good thing is that there’s a density of flavour that accompanies the sugars. Slightly cloying and predicable in flavour, not quite a tropical and bright as I had hoped.

McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Moscato (NV) – (South Eastern Australia)

  • My Rating: [A-]

McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate Moscato (Non-Vintage), 6.0% ABV, 750ml., (South Eastern Australia)

on the back label:

“With floral aromas, this wine has a delightful bouquet. Its lively palate displays peach, citrus and honey with a full bodied sweetness balanced by a refreshing mouth feel.”

  • Style: (Frizzante – Moscato) White wine
  • Taste: Inviting fruity bright sweet peach pear elderflower tangy
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $15 – 750ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: sure
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: just for fun, not to impress

Visual: Twist cap top. Pours with bubbles settled at the bottom of the glass, clear light yellow, no activity.

Nose: bright fruity floral notes of peachy pear and touch of elderflower. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: bright welcoming fruitiness

Mid-palate: (lvl-7-sweetness), peach, pear, elderflower, tangy lemon-lime acidity,

Finish: light tart, trace amounts of cloying sugar, onset of heartburn

Summary: Super playfully fruity controlled sweet and hardly expensive. Recommended for parties, with a meal, or as a palate cleanser, this one is extremely easy to drink. Might cause heartburn for some.

Jacob’s Creek Moscato (Australia)


  • My Rating: [C+]

Jacob’s Creek Moscato 2011 – Orlando Wines, 8.0% ABV, 750ml., (Rowland Flat, South Australia)

on the back label:

“Jacob’s Creek Moscato is a deliciously refreshing ‘frizzante’ style wine delicately spritzed with vibrant sherbet flavours balanced with a lively and soft fruit sweetness.”

  • Style: (Frizzante – Moscato) White wine
  • Taste: Bright dense sweet puckery sour muscat grape partially cloying
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$13 – 750ml., sometime in 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: unbalanced

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Twist cap top. Pours barely fizzy with lots of small bubbles hugging the side of the glass, light sunshine yellow colour.

Nose: bright apple-lime acidity, stonefruit minerality. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: puckery acidic-tart

Mid-palate: dense (lvl-6-sweetness), continued med-aggressive sour, alcoholic tang, muscat grape, lime

Finish: tart acidity, thickened saliva, prickly-tangy tongue, sticky gums, apple-white grape exhale.

Summary: Lots of bright grapey-apple fruitiness characteristic of moscatos, although somewhat cloying and sticky in the finish. Drinks like an inexpensive and straightforward muscat wine for the masses.

Ménage à Trois Moscato (California, USA)


  • My Rating: [C]

Ménage à Trois (Menage a Trois) Moscato 2010 – Fòlie a deux Winery, 11.0% ABV – 750ml., (Napa, California, USA)

meaning of ‘Ménage à Trois’?: google says:

“an arrangement in which three people share a sexual relationship, typically a domestic situation involving a married couple and the lover of one of them.” But you already knew that, didn’t you?

on the back label:

“Good things comes in threes. Our Moscato mingles wines from three different growing areas, each crafted by a different winemaker. Lovely floral aromas and luscious peach/apricot flavors make it the perfectly sweet blend!”

  • Style: (Moscato) White Wine
  • Taste: Sweet fruity from conc. apple juice acidic sour cloying
  • Where I got it : Firefly fine ales and wines, Vancouver
  • How much: $19 (after 10% off) – 750ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no, drinks cheap

Visual: Real cork, aluminum foil seal. Pours clear diluted apple juice yellow, a few very large bubbles along the perimeter

Nose: apple juice from concentrate, hints of apple cider vinegar. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: like juice, incoming sweetness

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-sweetness, alcoholic bitterness, medium acidic sour, thin mouthfeel, (MAIN) from concentrate red apple juice, Welch’s white grape,

Finish: residual cloying sweetness, light tart, alcoholic throat warmth, peach/apricot exhale.

Summary: Best had with savoury dishes, currently its going down pretty decent with Japanese curry rice; Far too sugary sweet on its own, especially as it warms. Actually, every subsequent sip seems to compound in sweetness. It drinks like an inexpensive wine that it is

Valencia Moscato – The Tapas Wine Collection (Spain)


  • My Rating: [C+]

Valencia Moscato 2013 – The Tapas Wine Collection, 5% ABV, 650ml, (Cheste, Spain)


  • Taste: Medium cloying fruity apple-pear-muscat
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $14 – 750ml., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: more for casual drinkers

Visual: Pours very light beige with tight clusters in the center, small bubbles.

Nose: sweet apple pear peach muscat grape. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: medium acidic, dense sugars, light fizzy

Mid-palate: medium cloying stickiness, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) red apple, pear, muscat grape

Finish: light-bodied, sour-tangy, residual sweet finish.

Summary: Inviting and playful flavours accompanied by a bubbly crisp mouthfeel, decent. Somewhat cloying and repetitive by itself, best with some appies. Beware of the heartburn on an empty stomach.

Moscato D’osoyoos – La Stella Winery (Osoyoos, BC, Canada)


  • My Rating: C+

Moscato D’osoyoos 2009 – La Stella Winery, 9.5% ABV – 375ml, (Osoyoos, BC, Canada)

on the website:

“Inspired by the renowned Moscato d’Asti of the Piedmont region in Italy the Moscato d’Osoyoos expresses an intense and complex array of aromatics displaying this grape’s true varietal expression. The light effervescence adds to the texture of this wine and showcases the classic Moscato flavours and perfumes of orange blossom, peach rind, rose petal and melon. With around 8%Alc./Vol. this is a perfect aperitif, dessert or brunch wine.”

  • Style: (Muscat) Dessert Wine
  • Taste: Apple-pineapple-muscat dense fruity acidic
  • Where I got it : Liquor Barn @Hastings St.
  • How much: $20 (after 5% off) – 375ml., January 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to dessert wine aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear light yellow with a couple of tiny bubbles in the glass.

Nose: light apple juice with a bit of pineapple acidity, a very clear nose. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: incoming bright fruitiness

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-dense sweetness, almost salty, medium acidity/light tang, (MAIN) red apple, pineapple, muscat grape

Finish: residual sugars; half-cloying, alcohol detection, watery-thin mouthfeel, grassy citrus acidic finish.

Summary: Not quite as bright as other Muscat wines I’ve tried nor as sweet as a typical dessert wine, it does however fulfill the job of cleaning the palate after a meal.

Moscato – Barefoot Cellars (Modesto, CA, USA)


  • My Rating: B-

Moscato (NV) – Barefoot Cellars, 8.5% ABV – 750ml., (Modesto, CA, USA)

  • owned by E&J Gallo Winery since 2005, the largest winery in the world ([I take it to mean they produce the highest volume compared to any company]
  • 2011 Class Champion in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition USA

On the back label:

“Barefoot Moscato is a sweet wine with hints of delicious mouth-watering juicy peach and apricot flavours. Notes of lemon and orange citrus compliment a crisp refreshing finish. Barefoot Moscato is perfect with spicy Asian cuisine, light desserts, fresh fruits, and mild cheeses.”

  • Style: (Moscato) White Wine
  • Taste: Bright peach-apricot apple fruity medium sweet wine
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $10 – 750ml., sometime in 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: not quite; but good for non-drinkers

Visual: Nicely packaged with a simple yet effective label + synthetic cork. Pours clear light golden yellow with some tiny bubbles in the initial pour.

Nose: faint apple and surprisingly, minor alcohol detection (unimpressive) (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: incoming sweet apple fruitiness

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-fruity sweetness, alcohol bitterness, medium tangy, (MAIN) peach/apricot, pear/apple

Finish: residual fruity sugars (not cloying), light tart, fruity crisp yet short/succinct finish.

Summary: It has an extremely approachable and lively fruit orchard fruit character. Although it doesn’t have much length, carry or complexity, it’s drinkability and inexpensive price tag mean that I would recommend you to try it at least once.

Pink Moscato NV – Emeri de Bortoli (Australia)


  • My Rating: C+

Pink Moscato NV – Emeri de Bortoli, 8.0% ABV – 750ml, (Australia)

  • Style: (Sweet) Sparkling Wine
  • Taste Profile: sweet fizziness -> strawberry/peach/iced  tea -> cloying sweet finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $17, Summer 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: only if you’re curious

Tasting notes: Foil-sealed and corked. Pours a brilliant pink blush hue with lots of activity, large bubbles, quick dissipating head, lots of activity. Sugary sweet strawberries on the nose.

Attack: sticky 6/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: fizzy mouthfeel, strawberries, peach, hints of iced tea

Finish: dense cloying mouthfeel, finishes cloying sweet with thick saliva.

Decents flavours and above average drinkability on this one, though not something I would want to try again.

Moscato Puglia (NV) – Primo Amore (Italy)


  • My Rating: B

Moscato Puglia – Primo Amore, 7% ABV – 750ml, (Gambellara, Italy)

On the back label:

“This refreshing and fruity Moscato wine comes from the warm Southern vineyards of Puglia. Prmo Amore, or ‘First Love’, expresses the joy of discovery experienced when a wine drinker first encounters the sweetness and enticing fragrance of this delicate wine. It pairs well with salads, chicken and fish dishes, as well as desserts.”

  • Style: Crackling Wine
  • Taste Profile: Smooth CO2/sweetness -> apple/pear/lemon/tang -> low alcohol/soft/crisp/med-sticky finish.
  • Where I got it : Legacy (?)
  • How much: ~$20, Sometime 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes with friends
  • Would I recommend this to sparkling wine aficionados: yes and to non-drinkers

Tasting notes: Screw-cap top but hey don’t judge a bottle by its packaging (even though we all do). I gotta say I love Moscatos/Muscat wines so I am looking forward to this one. Pours surprisingly with light carbonation (like a frizzante), very light yellow, ringed retention, a few countable streams. Bright summer fruits like peach and apricot, as well as apple/pear on the nose.

Attack: super-smooth micro CO2 mouthfeel, 8/10-sweetness, light density

Mid-palate: red apple, pear, lemon, very light tartness, medium tang, persistent soft sweetness

Finish: very low alcohol detection, soft until the end, light crisp, low-sticky sugary finish.

Overall a very approachable crackling wine. Simple yet refined, elegant and poised.

Flipflop Bubbly Moscat (NV) (California)

Bubbly Moscato (NV) – flipflop, 10% ABV – 750ml, (Ceres, California, USA)

on the back label:

“Light-bodied, sweet bubbly Moscato bursting with juicy peaches and ripe pears with a soft, lingering finish. Bright, sweet notes pair well with Gruyere cheese fondue, spicy tuna rolls, or simply as an aperitif.”

  • proceeds benefit Soles4Soles shoe charity
  • Style: (sweet) Sparkling Wine
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Med-high sweetness -> peach/lychee/green apple -> cloying sticky finish
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $10 (after 10%), Sept/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to friends: Yes!

Tasting notes: pours clear light golden yellow with lots of CO2 action, small CO2, not much head retention. Fruity pear/lychee on the nose. Bold 7/10-sweetness up front mixed with light-med sourness, light tang, alcohol, peach, pear, lychee, white grape, green apple, med-high cloying lingering sugar sticky finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. A very affordable and drinkable bubbly.