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Who: Marchesi di Gresi
What: La Serra Moscato d’Asti DOCG 2005
Where: Cassine, Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Why: It’s delicious! No, really — this is oceans away from the fizzy-fruit loop Asti Spumante of your youth. While both are fashioned from the same grape variety (Muscat Blanc á Petits Grains), Moscato d’Asti is produced in much smaller quantities and with much higher regulations. The result is a mid-sweet, slightly fizzy wine (frizzante) with orange blossom and ripe peach aromas and refreshing mandarin, peaches-and-cream and citrus notes on the palate. At its best when young and fresh.
When: Thanks to its low alcohol content (5.5 per cent), Moscato d’Asti can easily be enjoyed early in the day, sans catnap. Substitute this beauty for mimosas at Easter Brunch. Also heaven with fresh sweet strawberries and whipped cream.
How (much): $16.99 BCLDB for 375 ml
Winespeak of the Week: Frizzante [freet-TSAHN-teh] is an Italian term meaning “lightly sparkling,” and describes wines with light effervescence. Frizzante wines are made with less pressure than those labeled spumante. Frizzante wines are equivalent to pétillant in France and spritzig in Germany.
Treve Ring is a local sommelier, consultant and food & wine writer.