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July Wine - Orange Muscat
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Matt74
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know what trips me out about sweet wine?...when you eat something really sweet with it they cancel each other out...I'm sure you all know
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes! Or I love how I'll have a wine that's not quite sweet enough, and then find that perfect food combo that brings out the character and the sweetness in the wine. This is why I always try to have a "tasting" plate, a little of this and that to try a new wine with different flavors to see what works. Ya know, I could read about how to pair foods ALL day long, but I've learned so much more by doing.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep your tongue never lies..great way to test it out..I actually cook with wine more than i drink it but,I always have at least a little!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt74 wrote:
You know what trips me out about sweet wine?...when you eat something really sweet with it they cancel each other out...I'm sure you all know


Ugg.. this happend to me when I ate pear pancakes. First time I ate the was with coffee.. they were PERFECT! Second time I had it with a sprite/lemonade combo and there weren't so great - for this very reason! SO the third time I ordered coffee and all was right in the world again. Smile

Regarding my taste in sodas... sprint and lemonade is actually really good.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: Muscato D’Asti, San Giulio, Italy
Price: 8.99 (on sale, was 12.99 at the Indy Wine Fest)
Year: not on bottle
PHOTO of bottle:


Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:


Review:
I sent Jim out for the Orange Muscat, and because I hadn’t seen it anywhere before, I gave him alternatives (Muscat or Moscato) so he wouldn’t come home empty handed. LOL The last liquor store he tried he finally asked, they suggested this one. They said it tasted like cherries, which is close enough, right?
I didn’t get any muskiness in the nose, but just slightly at the front with the first couple of sips. It was very sweet, with yes, very straightforward cherry notes. In fact, that’s all I got, cherry. I usually love sparkling wines, and this one was no exception. Even though at first I found it just a bit too sweet for my taste (like Icewine), I decided it would indeed be a great dessert wine as the bottle suggests.

Would you buy again?: Oh absolutely. It would be a great one to have on hand for those guests who think “all wine is yucky”. LOL In fact, he brought home 2 bottles, so I’ll be saving one for just that occasion.

Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes:
I had a tasting plate and tried it with an applewood cheddar that we picked up in PA. It brought out the smokiness in the cheese and the two complimented each other very well. I also tried it with my fav “Scooby snacks” which is Ranch Wheat Thins with cream cheese and topped with a slice of pepperoni (also from PA) I totally expected it to be sweeter with cheese, and it was. Then I tried it with a deviled egg, a bite of broccoli and cauliflower salad, and a then a smidgen of balsamic strawberry jam. I even tried a cherry tomato, just out of curiosity to see how it would fair with something really acidic. To my surprise, it tasted really good with EVERYTHING. I couldn’t find anything that “cut or cancelled” the sweetness (funny, after the conversation with Matt the other day). I wished I had some chocolate…..not even a single chip or square to be found LOL

So folks if you’re looking for a very versatile dessert wine, this is it. I’d also highly recommend it with a cheese and fruit tray. Better yet, I’m guessing it would be awesome with a baked brie with fruits and nuts. Ooooooh, and I immediately thought that if you needed a wine for a brunch, this would totally fit the bill.

So it wasn’t an Orange Muscat, but write this one down, it’s a keeper

Ok, as I was writing my review, I remembered I had NUTELLA! Even Nutella did NOT cut the sweetness. In fact, the wine brought out more of the hazelnut flavor! Yup, a perfect wine for CHOCOLATE CAKE! LOL
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Confused I have never even HEARD of this. I'm afraid they won't have any around here. Don't get me wrong, I'll definitely search (& pray), but I've never noticed it before....course as DD said, I've never looked either. So, fingers crossed...must go now since no sales tomorrow!! Wish me luck...sounds good, so...

Do you think it'll actually say "orange muscat" on it? Do they decipher that in an easy to find place? Anybody know this?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Heather, it will say "Orange Muscat". I had to google it 'cuz I hadn't heard or seen it before. But that IS the name of the wine varietal.

I'm still going to look for it though. If I don't find it, like I said, I'll just pick up different Muscats or something similar.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, thanks DD... I just went 3 places and could only find a Moscata (of course all same vineyard). I got it just to have something in the general vicinity for tonight. I'll check a couple of places next week that I know have wider selections in the wine department.

I like this choice, because it's something I'm not familiar with and hopefully I can learn something along the way....course I usually do anyway, but...MORE.... Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I think I'm going to check Meijer, ours here has quite a large wine selection. Have you tried there?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never heard of orange muscat, which makes me excited to try it. Maybe I'll head over to Atlas (the liquor superstore!) and see whats what.
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