The days of sunshine and being outdoors are upon us, making it the ideal time to take a break from everyday life amid the many challenges and tasks of life and to toast the joys of the world with a drink in the open air. Among the thousands of national and imported bottles that arrive in the country, Italian sparkling wines are among the trends ideal to taste to celebrate the new and sunny season.
Asti is one of the seasonal drinks. With fine perlage, low alcohol content, and made from grapes from vineyards in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, a wine-growing region declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2014,
For those who regularly consume sparkling wines, Asti DOCG wines are available in specialized stores and supermarkets in the country with an interesting catalog grouped under the motto “Drink the Asti Vibe” that invites you to immerse yourself in the vibrations of these wines on a taste journey through areas full of history and uniqueness.
Two options stand out when choosing a drink to celebrate: the Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti appellations. They are sparkling wines, both for lovers of Italian wines and Italy in general, but also for those who like to discover new things and take time to feel the aromas on their palate.
They are versatile, low-alcohol wines that are one of the most commonly used wines in the world for toasting and celebrating. While Moscato d’Asti has a low alcohol content (only 5%), the Asti Spumante is around 8%. Both wines contain only natural sugar that comes from the Moscato Bianco grape.
An aromatic sparkling wine par excellence that experts describe as the product that made Moscato a word is known worldwide. One of the jewels of Italian enology
Thanks to the grapes used in its production, it has a fresh aroma rich in floral scents and recognizable notes of ripe fruit. Flowers of acacia, wisteria, orange, and bergamot, as well as a hint of sage and lemon, take you to Italian realms with the first sip.
A sparkling wine truly representative of the Piedmont region, the cradle of great wines that are an effort to cultivate viticulture and the advances of the agricultural industry,
Its color is straw yellow, and its bubbles are tiny and persistent, penetrating the nose and palate with sweet intensity. Vinified in large tanks with the addition of yeast, fermentation stops when the alcohol content reaches 8%.
The characteristic aroma of Moscato varies slightly depending on the location of the vineyards, the composition of the soil, and the microclimate of each slope.
What should you combine it with?
Goes well with desserts. Many people don’t know that they also go well with cheese, raw fish, Asian and spicy foods, and even oysters!
The most famous Moscato in Italy is one of the most characteristic products of Piedmontese viticulture. Tradition and history have allowed it to achieve an exceptional level of quality.
Moscato d’Asti in all its notes means falling in love with it and never giving up on it. An inimitable aroma that keeps its natural sweetness in balance, along with a limited alcohol content that makes it unique. Fermentation of the must begins in pressurized stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature (16–18 °C) until the alcohol content reaches 5.5%.
Its bouquet is rich and intense. It exudes sensations reminiscent of acacia flowers, wisteria, oranges, and mountain honey, with a background of spices and notes of elderflower, yarrow, and bergamot.
What should you combine them with?
You can try traditional combinations with desserts, fruit cakes, cheese, or salami. Also something else like seafood, vegetable sticks, spicy Asian food, fried ethnic food, or salty snacks.