A Wine Lover’s Weekly Guide To $10 Wines – A Sweet Moscato From Apulia, Italy

Today’s wine is a fairly sweet Moscato from the southern Italian region of Apulia, also known as Puglia, on the Adriatic coast. While Apulia is coastal let me guess that the vineyards are not beachfront property. Duh. It’s an IGT, Indicazione Geografica Tipica, meaning that it typifies its location; it belongs to the area where it was made, rather than being suspended somewhere in space. There are some wonderful Italian IGT wines, but that’s another subject. This one is Kosher and Mevushal, which means flash pasteurized. Just like many champagnes it has no vintage year. And it’s only 5.5% alcohol, so you can indulge, always within reason. The companion wine is a north Italian Pinot Grigio that is also Kosher and Mevushal with the usual level of alcohol at about twice the price.

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Wine Reviewed Primo-V Moscato Puglia IGT Moscato 5.5 % alcohol about $7.

Let’s start by quoting the marketing materials. “Description: Ranked # 3 in kosherwine.com ‘s Top 10 wines of 2010. Tasting Note : Unabashedly sweet but with enough natural acidity to carry that and keep the wine lively. Generously frizzante and on the nose and palate spring flowers and heather, those complemented nicely by notes of citrus and ripe peaches. A good quaffer but if it proves too sweet for your taste simply add two ice-cubes to your glass. Drink now. Score – 85. (Daniel Rogov at the wine-lovers-page web site, November 2010) ” And now for my review.

At the first sips this lightly bubbly wine was pleasantly sweet with good acidity and citrus. Japanese Wasabi crackers cut the acidity somewhat. The first meal was barbecued chicken with lots of paprika on the skin. The sweetness was there, but it was tamed. The citrus was very tasty but I really had the impression I was imbibing a soft drink. In the presence of zesty guacamole the wine retained its sweetness. The fruit juice candy dessert took away the libation’s fruit.

My next meal started with puff pastry stuffed with potatoes (knishes). The drink was citrusy and nicely acidic. Then came the main dish, brown lentils and brown basmati rice. The citrus was definitely orange, as in orange soda. A generous dose of Louisiana chile and lime hot sauce had no effect on this liquid. Almond meringue cookies rendered the wine (now it has the right to carry that name) slightly ethereal.

My final meal consisted of a prepared eggplant parmigiana. In response the drink was sweet with refreshing acidity. I then tasted it alongside a frozen high-quality French-style custard pie with a buttery crust and strawberries. Same old, same old.

A fairly tasteless Havarti cheese with roasted garlic rendered the Moscato syrupy, sweet, and floral. When paired with a goat’s milk cheese containing figs I had the definite sensation of a slightly tangy soda pop.

Final verdict. I won’t buy this wine again despite the occasional fine pairing. But if you are in the mood for a soft drink with some alcohol you could do worse.

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