Moscato d’Asti DOCG, Lumine, Ca’ D’Gal, Piedmont, Italy
Moscato d’Asti is a “Denominazione di origine controllata e garantita” sparkling white wine produced mainly in the province of Asti, north-west Italy, and in smaller nearby regions in the provinces of Alessandria and Cuneo. The wine is sweet and low in alcohol, and often enjoyed with dessert. Thus it is considered a dessert wine. It is from the Moscato bianco grape. A related wine, Asti, is produced in the same area from the same grape. However, please do not confuse this beautiful, sweet wine with the industrial, frothy fizz that also shares its name.
Grown in the hilltop town of Asti in Montferrato, Piedmont, Italy, Moscato d’Asti is made by small producers in small batches. This Moscato is from a single vineyard called Lumine and shares the same prestigious quality standards of other DOCG wines as Barolo and Barbaresco. For me, proper Moscato d’Asti is one of Italy’s most underrated and sadly misunderstood wines. As a sommelier, it’s extremely verstatile as this refreshingly, floral-scented, slightly sparkling wine, naturally low in alcohol can be enjoyed as an aperitif or