Last week I received a frantic text from a guy friend of mine asking for the best moscato wine brands. He was heading to a dinner date at his new girlfriend’s house and wanted to take a good bottle of Moscato that would go with just about anything she was cooking.
Though I am nothing near a wine connoisseur, I do know and love Moscato.
And I have tried a whole lot of them. It might have been the easiest question I have ever been asked.
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UPDATED: I have had to expand my list of the best
There are two main things to note when choosing the best sweet wine for your occasion:
- How sweet do you want the wine to be?
- How bubbly do you want the wine to be?
Typically Moscato is pretty sweet, though some are much
You can learn all about Moscato on this post.
Here are my top picks:
Five Eight Favorite Moscato Wines
Since the very first sip I took of Bartenura Moscato back in 2008 at
Bartenura is a very light, sweet wine with only 5% alcohol – low for many wines. It is a bit effervescent giving it almost a champagne-like feel… perfect for any little celebration.
Bartenura Moscato pairs best with fruits, desserts, and cheeses – but to be honest, I drink it with just about anything.
When I first discovered this wine I could only find it at Four Winds – a local specialty food and wine store, but I am happy to say that Publix and
Average retail: $12-14
Castello del Poggio Moscato
At the suggestion of some of my amazing readers, I decided to try out a few of the brands in the comments. Castello del Poggio – a delicious Moscato from the Zonin Estate – has snagged the #2 spot. This is very light, refreshing Moscato with 7% alcohol by volume.
Maybe one of the best things about this Moscato besides its flavor is its availability. Castello del Poggio can be found at many grocery stores, liquor stores, and even in select Sam’s Clubs. Bonus too – it has a screw off top, so no need for a corkscrew.
Average Retails: $10-$12
Gemma de Luna Moscato
A new addition to the best
Gemma de Luna Moscato is a full spumante – or fully sparkling – making it great for even the most special occasions. Made with specialty grapes from Peimonte with hints of rose and peach give it the perfect flavor for most any dish pairing.
Gemma de Luna has a 7.5% alcohol by volume and even comes in cute little
Average retail: $12-14
Flip Flop Moscato
Last year I was delighted to try Flip Flop Moscato for the first time. Besides just having great packaging – it has a screw top and not a cork, which is fantastic for toting to the beach – it was a light, refreshing wine that I really enjoyed.
Flip Flop Moscato is great with fish and chicken dishes or for sipping on the beach or poolside. It isnt overly sweet but has a crisp flavor and a sweetness that lingers on your tongue.
Another great thing about Flip Flop wine is the Soles4Souls Program – where a portion of the proceeds from each bottle of wine sold goes to helping provide footwear to those in need. A great wine and giving to charity – its a win-win.
Average Retail: $10-$12
If you are looking for the best cheap
Barefoot Wines have won thousands of awards, and just one sip will show you why. The flavors are always unique and bursting with flavor.
The Barefoot Moscato has much more of a citrus-y taste to me than the other wines on this list. You can also taste the hints of peach and apricot, without it being too overly sweet.
Barefoot Wines was founded by a woman who was supposed to become a doctor, but couldn’t resist the “call of the vines.” The company has grown from having just four varietals to now 12 still and 5 sparkling wines. Barefoot is now the most awarded wine brand in California under $15.
Average Retail: $9-$12
Middle Sister Moscato
I stumbled across this wine by accident – checking out of a Super Target in Mobile Alabama. The label was so cute I just had to check it out.
Middle Sister wines give every wine its own unique personality. Though I am an only child and a mother of only two daughters, I can certainly assign a personality to every woman I know with the Middle Sister varieties. You can determine “which sister you are” from your taste preferences. Mine, being Moscato made me the “Sweet & Sassy” sister. Here is what my label has to say:
“After a long hard day of being fabulous, I like to relax with a glass of wine. But I dont want it to bite me back. Isn’t there enough drama in this world? That’s why this wine is my new best wine friend. With a touch of natural sweetness, its smooth and refreshing and so easy to love. Moscato, always stay as sweet as you are. I’ll handle the sassy.”
Made with 100% California grapes, the Middle Sister Moscato has a bit higher of an alcohol content – 11% – than the other wines on this list… but then I bet any “middle sister” would probably agree that is a necessary evil.
Average Retail: $9-$12
Fish Eye Moscato
Fish Eye Moscato is a delightfully different Moscato from South Eastern Australia. Fish Eye Moscato is more flat – less bubbly – than the ones I have mentioned in this list.
I discovered this sweet
This “Cardbordeaux” style box wine even has its own tap! Each 3.0L box contains the equivalent of four 750ml bottles or two 1.5L bottles of FishEye Wine.
Cupcake Moscato di Asti is a nice light and fizzy
With hints of flavors of nectarine, honey and peach, Cupcake Moscato is always a crowd favorite. Another bonus to Cupcake Moscato is that it is easy to find in most local grocers and liquor stores.
I am sure there are many many fantastic Moscato wines out there, and I hope someday to try them all.
Moscato is a wine that I have found most everyone likes – even friends who have