Last week, two events made me want to revisit a topic that proved quite delicious last year. First, I ate an incredible peach! Juicy and sweet, I kept going back for more. Then, I noticed the following statistic in this Wine Spectator article: Moscato–yes, the grape that is responsible for one of my favorite sparkling wines–catapulted into the #3 position in U.S. white wines sold last year (behind Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio but ahead of Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling). Shocking, but not completely out of the realm of possibility given how refreshing Moscato d’Asti can be. And for those of you out there turning your nose up at this sweet, lightly sparkling wine, I would remind you that most Americans enjoy drinking another sweet, sparkling beverage–cola–too. So I wouldn’t be surprised if the Moscato trend has staying power. For those of you looking for a way to combine your summer peaches with the 3rd most popular white wine in the U.S., check out this spectacular dessert/wine pairing that I discovered last summer!
Fire up the grill (yes, I said grill) and get ready for a quintessential summer dessert with a light, refreshing wine. During my sommelier class last summer, my instructor introduced a wine/food pairing option of Moscato d’Asti and grilled peaches. I love Moscato d’Asti, and I love peaches. So soon, I was salivating during class, and rest assured, you will be salivating, too, if you try this simple food/wine pairing.
If you’ve never grilled a peach, which I hadn’t either before last summer, check out these recipes – from Doughing Rogue or All Salon. Or just grill ‘em up, sprinkle a little brown sugar and cinnamon on the fleshy part, and top with vanilla ice cream. It is like a mini-peach pie (but with much less work and no crust), and a glass of Moscato d’Asti makes the experience even more scrumptious.
In this case, I’d suggest Saracco Moscato d’Asti, which cost me $14.99 and I found for $14.29 on wine.com. A sweet sparkler, this wine goes light on bubbles (it is actually considered a semi-sparkler) and goes light on booze. The bottle only boasts 6% alcohol compared to 12% to 14% for normal table wine. Like most Moscato d’Asti’s, the wine is highly aromatic with many floral (think honeysuckle) and fruity (think peach) scents, so pairing it with peach desserts is almost a no brainer. Enjoy!
The Wandering Wine Girl