It starts out innocently enough. I’m at dinner with friends. The waitress comes to ask what we’d like to drink. I place my drink order: whiskey neat. That’s when the waitress leans in and asks if I wouldn’t prefer something sweeter, like maybe a Moscato, or a Sauvignon Blanc. I politely decline and continue on […]
It starts off innocently enough. After a long day at work, I find myself wanting to wind down. What could be more relaxing than a drink at the bar? Sitting down, I contemplate the menu and try to figure out what I’m in the mood for.
The bubbly star of rap songs and sweet alternative to vodka shots for woo girls, Moscato d’Asti might seem like a simple wine. But contrary to what pop culture would have us believe, this Italian white is more complex than it seems — both tasting it and making it. To start, not all Moscato is created equal. Moscato is […]
Beyond the fact that you can basically guzzle the stuff at brunch, or use it to soften the “I’m single” blow of a bridal shower (just check out divorce rates, it’s cool), Moscato’s got more history than most of us know. Except, yes, the rappers among us who’ve wisely chosen to associate themselves with a […]
Moscato is one of those poor wines whose reputation has been undeservedly tarnished by many, many bad copy-cats. There’s Nicki Minaj’s Myx Fusions, a “fruit-infused moscato beverage,” whatever that means, and many cheap bulk wines made in California offer some kind of “moscato”; but neither of these versions come close to the deliciousness of authentic […]
“The wine of kings, and the kings of wines,” is what Louis XIV said about the elegant, sweet aszú wines of Tokaj. From off-dry Riesling, to effervescent Moscato, to full-on dessert wines like aszú or its French counterpart Sauternes, sweet wines from around the world can be an incredibly delicious pairing for many foods and […]
Don’t you feel sophisticated when snacking on a croissant? It’s one of my not-so-guilty pleasures (read: I eat croissants pretty often). While savoring one earlier this week, it dawned on me that I’ve never had a croissant with the most obvious of beverages: wine! But why stop at a croissant? Why not go all out […]
If you grew up in the U.S. in the eighties and nineties, chances are you only came in contact with Bartenura Moscato if you also happened to live in a Jewish household. For many American Jews, Bartenura was that sweet kosher wine in the blue bottle that would often make an appearance at holiday gatherings […]