I assumed I didn’t like wine until I tried Moscato. It turns out the sweet wine is just my style. I’m not alone; many people enjoy the taste. So much so that the folks at Gallo Family Vineyards make three different Moscato varieties. Their White Moscato has hints of ripe citrus, honey, and peaches. It’s best served chilled and is an excellent wine to add to your favorite lemonade mix. Add some seltzer water or lemon-lime soda to give it a sparkle. It’s said to pair well with spicy Asian or Mexican flavors as well as dessert.
Gallo Family Vineyards Red Moscato is what they call a medium body. It’s less sweet than the white but still has the same citrus and peach elements as the White Moscato, but it brings a berry finish. They call it their “cheese and wine.” pairing wine. They also recommend gorgonzola to enjoy with it. I’ll stay with my cheddar thanks.
Then there’s the third variety of the trio, the Gallo Family Vineyards Pink Moscato. With the fruit flavors of both red and white with a hint of orange and berry. This one is also best chilled, and they suggest pairing it with an ice cream sundae.
My favorite? The Gallo Moscato White. I love it poured over a mix of frozen berries that keep it icy cool. As the fruit thaws, it’s soaked in the wine so provide spoons for your guests, they may want to enjoy it too. It’s also perfect in this Peachy Mint cocktail that combines the flavor of mint, lime, and peaches with a mix of rum and White Moscato.
- ¼ cup frozen peaches
- 3 springs fresh mint
- ½ fresh lime, juiced
- 1 tsp
- 1 oz white rum
- 4 oz Gallo White Moscato Wine
- In a small blender, blend the peaches, mint, lime juice, and sugar until thoroughly incorporated (about 30 seconds).
- Add the white rum and Moscato and stir.
- Strain into a large wine or collins glass filled with ice or additional frozen peaches.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint or leave it as it is.
- If you don't like it with the mint leaves in the drink (the best part for me), muddle them in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and add the blended ingredients and rum. Shake. Then add wine and stir.
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Want to get even more pairing suggestions? Attend the 4th annual Gallo Family Vineyards #Moscato Day Twitter Party on May 9th, 9 am ET / 12pm PT. It’s a time to celebrate this deliciously sweet wine. To participate, RSVP for National Moscato Day!online and tag #MoscatoDay @GalloFamily in your tweets during the event. There will be gift cards and goodies so be sure to join in!
About the Gallo Family Vineyards
The Gallo Family Vineyards collection of wines offers a variety of fruit-forward, approachable styles at affordable prices, including: Moscato, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pink Moscato, White Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Red Moscato, White Merlot, Sweet Red, Hearty Burgundy, Sweet White Blend and Riesling. (Suggested retail price: $4.99 for 750-ml bottles, $8.99 for 1.5-liter bottles, $5.99 for 187-mL four-pack.