In the ‘immortal’ words of The Presidents of the United States of America:
Movin to the country,
Gonna eat a lot of peaches,
Movin to the country,
Gonna eat me a lot of peaches…
Perhaps it is just that time of year or the fact that I did just move to the ‘country’ (or at least away from a big city) and have been eating a lot of peaches, but my Wine of the Week is inspired by the ‘Peaches’ song. If you need some peachy inspiration, too, here’s a link to the song for your listening pleasure. Or just get ready to enjoy one of this season’s best fruits–the peach–with a glass of wine of course!
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 a few weeks back, my instructor introduced a wine/food pairing 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.
For those of you unfamiliar with Moscato d’Asti, it is an easy wine to love. In fact, I was somewhat surprised to see one of the bottles I purchased was my local retailer’s top seller. I knew Moscato d’Asti was a crowd pleaser, but I didn’t realize the extent of its popularity. And although I wanted to be a little more original when highlighting a bottle this week, a corkscrew betrayed me (literally breaking off in the cork – yet another reason for the rise of screw tops, in my opinion). And let’s face it, sometimes things (wine included) are popular for a good reason!
In this case, my very popular Wine of the Week is the 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 the bubbles (it is actually considered a semi-sparkler) and light on the 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.
Let’s step it up a notch though. If you’ve never grilled a peach before, which I haven’t either before this week, 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 like the WWG did. It was like a mini-peach pie (but with much less work and no crust), and the Moscato d’Asti made the experience even more scrumptuous…Enjoy!
The Wandering Wine Girl