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The Spectacular Comeback of Muscat Wines

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Muscat grapes have the longest history of all, according to researchers. Some even believe it to be the “father” of many varieties we know and love today.
Muscat grapes have and continue to enjoy popularity among Mediterranean peoples, as these grapes like hot weather.
There are more than 100 varieties from muscat blanc a petits grains, – d’Alexandrie, (aka zibbibo in Italy’s Mediterranean island Pantelleria, lexia in in Australia), -Ottonel, – Hamburg (black), moscato gialla, muscatel a greno menudo, to name just a few.
Muscadelle, muscadet and muscarding grapes do not belong to the muscat family.
Its low acidity allows only for up to fur years of cellaring, and is prone to scorching if the vine canopy fails to protect bunches.
It is grown in Italy, France, Spain, Australia (Rutherglen), California, Chile, Greece, Armenia, Croatia, Germany, the Czech republic, New Zealand, South Africa, and Portugal.
Moldova, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Romania (here called tamaiosa), Bulgaria (misket), Russia (tamyanka), Hungary (muskotaly), and Cyprus also grow Muscat grapes, but in the former Soviet republics, mostly as table grapes.
Americans consume 33 per cent of muscat wines, Italians 15, Australians 12, French 5, Chileans 2, Portuguese 3, and 31 other nationalities.
Muscat wines exude, pending on terroir, aromas of orange flowers, spices, may be dry, or off dry, or sweet and of grapes which most wines do not. In fact, most connoisseurs dismiss as grapey smelling products out-of-hand.
Mostly they are white, but maybe pink, pending on the specie, and which ranges from pink, to red, or black.
In Alsace Zind-Humbrecht, Beyer, Trimbach, Hugel, are well known for their Muscat wines.
Corsica, above Sardinia, is well known for its muscat wines, as are Minervois and Cotes du Rhone for its Muscat de Beaume de Venice.
Italy is famous for its Moscato di Pantelleraia, Moscato d’Asti (sparkling), Moscato d’Asti Naturale( low in alcohol, rarely exceeding 5 per cent ABV).
California wineries specialize in muscat wines, as young Americans like fruity and sweet wines.
Australia’s Rutherglen region is well known for its nut-smelling muscat wines, as is South Africa’s Konstantia.
In 2012 Yerevan Wine Factory won a gold medal in Spain’s International Sweet wines competition for its 2012 vintage Muscat wine.
Undoubtedly, muscat wines will become even more popular with young, and maybe even with not so young female American consumers in the next few years.
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