The place to disembark towards the sweeties


Muscat has two guises, a dry, but perfumed wine for uncomplicated drinking, and the basis of many sweet and fortified wines, including, the sparkling Moscato. As a dry white it is relatively simple, but has a surprising difference between its fragrant nose and crisp taste. Which makes it a summery delight, great for chilling down and enjoying in the garden or on the terrace. You will mostly find this style in the South of France under the label Muscat Sec. It is here that you also find some of the sweeties. Muscat de Beaumes de Venise is a naturally sweet wine, so quite light and perfumed, perfect for cake, and in the bath… Whereas the fortified versions are much darker and excellent chocolate and cheese companions.

Things you should know

Top Tip: Although the perfume is quite strong, the wine isn't and it makes a lovely change from some of the crisper, more citrus wines.
Specific Food Match: The dry white styles work exceptionally well with asian influenced salads, offering an aromatic contrast, particularly with prawns. The sweeter versions are very versatile and a mindbending match is Rutherglen Muscat (from Australia) with Sticky Toffee Pudding...
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