Barefoot Wine Cellars Does Moscato Three Ways
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Moscato is a hugely popular varietal, adored by many for it’s sweet, fruity flavors and easy drinkability. Another great aspect of Moscato is the price point – most stores carry bottles for under $10, and even higher end Moscato d’Asti from Italy can be found for under $20.
One brand of Moscato that I have continuously heard about was from Barefoot Wine Cellars in California. Although I have never had any of their selections, its hard not to know about their seemingly cult following – simply head on over to Pinterest, type in “Moscato” and I guarantee you most of the hits you get will involve pins of this specific wine.
So when my aunt told me she loved Barefoot Moscato and wanted to know what I thought of it, I jumped at the chance to review it for The Glorious Grape! I added it to my shopping list for the weekend, and went about my week. But then Saturday came along and I was shocked when I found myself scanning the United States white wine section only to find not one, not two, but three – yes, three! – different types of Moscato on the shelf! I didn’t even know it was possible to have more than one type…
So you know I had to buy all three!
OK, so maybe I finished the bottle before I snapped this picture. The wine is actually a bright cherry red hue – hence its name. This has syrupy sweet flavors of grenadine, maraschino cherry and black raspberry complimented by fresh juicy flavors of blood orange and ripe watermelon. Low in alcohol, and definitely for the sweet wine lovers. I actually preferred this in a recipe I made for mulled wine and apple cider, which you can find here.
When it comes to pairing your Moscato with food, here’s what I can recommend:
- I paired this with Chinese food, and this was a perfect match. The sweet, fruity flavors of the wine can stand up to the sweet, spicy heat of many Asian dishes.
- Other pairings that would work are fruit salad, blackened jerk chicken, and desserts such as cherry cobbler or cheesecake.
This had a very pale yellow-green color, almost colorless, with no noticeable nose. As the label says, this is deliciously sweet, but not overly so. Off dry may be more fitting. Flavors of honey, peaches in heavy syrup, light citrus and sweet tropical fruits. This was actually a decent choice for the price, I can see why it is so popular!
You can even mix this up in a Rum Punch, like I did! Make sure to head on over here to get that recipe.
I would suggest pairing this with a variety of dishes, as it is the most versatile of the bunch.
- For light snacking, try a simple meat and cheese platter with easy fixings – sweet country ham, a soft and mild cheese like brie, and a fruity jam of your choice.
- For your main course, try some Thai! From spicy drunken noodles, to pineapple fried rice, to all the different curries on the menu – give this bold pairing a try!
- For dessert, try an upside down cake if you really want to make your sweet tooth explode. If you want something more restrained, try a simple angel food cake topped with freshly whipped cream and fruit that has been simmered in a bit of this wine. Divine….
The last of the three Moscatos was actually my favorite! Like the others, I cannot make out any aromas. The flavors, however, pack a pleasant punch with orange, tangerine, pomegranate and raspberry lemonade. The flavors of this wine are sweet, yet possess a bit more acidity than the siblings do. This makes for easy drinking and therefore it is perfect for parties!
As for what dishes to serve alongside your pink drink, I would recommend:
- Light apps such as salads, teriyaki skewers, and spring rolls.
- Main dishes such as spiced pork loin and stuffed chicken breast.
- Desserts to include fruity sorbets and gelatos or grilled peaches.
Have you tried Barefoot yet? Do you have another absolute favorite go-to no fail wine? Leave us a comment and maybe we’ll try the out next! Cheers…