Summer Nights

Moscato d'Asti

     As we enter into the final weeks of summer you don’t want warm weather to pass before you try some light-bodied young wines.  These fresh flavored immature wines are made from low-sugar early harvest grapes that yield a high-sugar and low-alcohol wine.  You will find these wines to be sweeter than average and more acidic on your taste buds but lighter on your wallet.  I think a good place to start would be with an Italian-Style Moscato so we can savor its delectable floral and fresh fruit aroma.  Some interesting choices can be found including an offering from Cavit at $8.99 for 750ml PLCB code 3602 and Moscato D’ Asti Montefiore $11.99 for 750 ml PLCB code 5021.  The 2010 Vintage of Moscato D’ Asti Montefiore was rated as the highest scoring Moscato under $15 by Wine Spectator.  When pairing these wines you should think sweet foods, like desserts and local farm market fresh fruits.  The French are excellent producers of this next category of wine and because of their skill I recommend sampling a French-Style Vouvray.  Barton & Guestier Vouvray $11.99 PLCB code 5525 and Château de Montfort $14.99 PLCB code 8747 are the two most easily found examples at PLCB stores.  These wines pair well with cheese plates, dried fruit and cold seafood appetizers.  Before summer ends be certain to try some of these refreshing young white wines while conditions are ideal.