Wine of the Week – A Perfect Peach Pairing

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!

xoxo,
The Wandering Wine Girl


About wwg

Hello! We're all on a trip of a lifetime, and I've discovered that I'm happiest with a glass of wine in hand and a trip to plan. So follow me as I learn more about fermented grapes in a sommelier class this summer and travel to various wine destinations around the globe. Hopefully, we'll all learn, live, and love a lot in the process. xoxo, Your Wandering Wine Girl
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4 Responses to Wine of the Week – A Perfect Peach Pairing

  1. Jeanette says:

    Yum! I need to try this grilled peach recipe. :)

  2. Kate says:

    What is the difference between moscato d’asti and just “moscato.” I have tried moscato a few times and have found it much too sweet for my tastes (I prefer dry wines). Is moscato d’asti something different? Thanks for your help!

  3. wwg says:

    Hi Kate,

    Sorry for the delayed response – it has been a very busy weekend!

    The easiest way to describe the difference is that both wines come from the Muscat grape, which makes a wide variety of wines from dry, sweet, fortified, and dessert. Moscato d’Asti can be described as a sweet sparkler that is typically light and refreshing. Moscato or Muscat typically implies a wine of a much higher intensity that Moscato d’Asti. Moscato or Muscat will typically be high in both alcohol and sugar. As you imply by the syrupy description, this wine will feel very full in your mouth, coating it completely. I definitely understand why you wouldn’t want to drink it in certain situations. However, give it a shot with a rich dessert. For example, last night, I had a Muscat from Australia with chocolate cake/white icing; it was wonderful! Remember desserts go well with wines that are sweeter than they are (dry or less sweet wines typically can’t stand up to sweet desserts and ‘disappear’ in comparison.) So the next time you are looking for a wine pairing with a rich dessert, give Muscat/Moscato a try. You might like it :)

    xoxo,
    WWG

  4. Molly says:

    Yum! Definitely going to try this Moscato d’Asti next time I grill peaches… tonight seems like a good occasion :)




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