Marco Negri 2002 "Marsilio" Moscato d'Asti ($8.99)
The oversize standard cork used for Moscato d'Asti requires a little extra effort to pull, and it expands into a cone shape when it comes out of the bottle with a gentle "pop." The wine is a clear straw color, and it shows a slight but persistent stream of bubbles in the glass, slightly fizzy - as it should be - but not as bubbly as Champagne. Attractive grapefruit and peach aromas are typical of Muscat, as is its luscious flavor, quite sweet with fresh-fruit sugars appropriately balanced by a lemon-squirt of acidity. Soft sweetness and that creamy-fizzy mouthfeel make it a natural with spicy fare. US Importer: William Grant & Sons Inc., NYC. (Dec 14, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Low alcohol, gentle sweetness and light fizz make it a natural with spicy fare. It served well at a friend's house where we enjoyed pachadi, a lightly curried Indian dish of brown rice, lentils, bulghur wheat and veggies.



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