Muscat wine And The Centuries of Wine
The Muscat family grapes have been used in the Muscat wine as well as raisins and table grapes for centuries. There are over 200 different types of Muscat grape varieties ranging in color from white to black and everything in between. The Muscat grapes are known for their sweet and floral scents.
The most commonly used Muscat grapes would be Muscat blanc à Petits Grains and Muscat of Alexandria, which are both used a lot by the French. Thee two varieties are also known to have cross bred and created 15 more varieties of the two. Five of these varieties are local to South America but the rest remain primarily in Italy. The difference show in the size, where Muscat of Alexandria have more larger clusters than the Muscat blanc à Petits Grains and are also oval in shape compared to the roundness of the Muscat blanc à Petits Grains.
The Muscat family grapes are known to have a lot of different colors through the varieties, mainly darker in shade, but the main berry used to create a Muscat wine are the white or lighter in color ones. Muscat of Hamburg is the one exception when it comes to this tradition because this particular cluster of goodness is black in color. The wine created with these are usually made into a dessert wine because of its sweet flavor. They are also usually used for table-grapes but the ones grown in California all get made into some of the best tasting wine a person could have the pleasure of drinking.
Certain types of Muscat’s have not been used these days for wine production now that seedless fruits have been discovered. The vineyards have been turning to these much easier to juice berries for a long time now. Also, the raisin production changed just as quickly with the growth of seedless fruits on the rise. Once the crops of particular varieties stop being used, the farms started growing less due to lack of income to support the business and eventually some varieties became or are almost becoming extinct or hard to find.
Synonyms: Moscato, Moscatel.
Food matches for Muscat include:
Poached fish fillet with salsa verde (dry)
Cashew nut curry (sweet)
Chocolate and custard pie (fortified)