When serving your Moscato, there are a few factors to consider. Temperature, glassware style, and meal. However, all of these vary, considering Moscato exists in red and white wine varieties.
Meal pairing with red and white wines differ from each other, for red wines pair with red foods and white wines pair with white foods. Foods that both varieties of Moscato have in common are vegetables that have a crunch, such as celery, cucumbers, carrots, and so on.
Meals that pair nicely with a red Moscato include but are not limited to pizza, glazed ham, stuffing, artichoke dips, and so many more possibilities. A red Moscato is also said to pair well with chili peppers, a unique trait for a wine.
Meals that pair with a white Moscato include but are not limited to grilled salmon, tilapia, scallops, oysters, shrimp, and any kind of pasta that have a white sauce with a heavy cream base. As said before, white wines pair better with white foods.
Is Moscato served warm or cold?
All red Moscato is served at a very lightly chilled, just below room temperature. This will best assist in defining the unique notes and aroma of the wine. Red wines, in general, don’t need to be as chilled as a white wine would.
All white Moscato is served chilled, but more chilled than a red Moscato. This is because white wines are more delicate than red and benefit more from a chill. Chilling the white Moscato longer will also have the same benefits as any wine being chilled, which is ultimately defining the unique notes and aroma of the wine.
What’s the best temperature to serve Moscato?
Red wines, in general, should have a temperature of 55-65 degrees F. Considering red wines benefit more from light, quick chill, the best way to do so if you don’t already have a wine cooler is to pop it in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before serving.
White wines, in general, should be chilled to an average of between 45-50 degrees F. Many will create a practice of wrapping the bottle in a damp paper towel and placing it into the freezer right before you’re about to finish cooking dinner. Then, by the time dinner is plated, pull out your white Moscato and pop it open to be served.
What glass do you serve Moscato in?
Wine glassware is built differently to accommodate the style of wine, red or white. For example, red Moscato should be served in a wine glass with a short stem, a large bowl, and an open rim. These wine glasses will allow the wine to aerate as time passes from your serving point.
These wine glasses are built specifically for red wine because you’ll notice with a red, the flavors change each hour after the wine is poured. White Moscato should be served in a wine glass with a long stem, a slim bowl, and a narrow rim.
These glasses are built for white wine for two different reasons. One, the narrow rim prevents too much aeration to the white wine because white wines don’t necessarily need to aerate, and it does nothing but make the wine taste unpleasant.
Two, the long stem on the glass is meant to act as a handle. Considering white wines need to be more chilled and the temperature is more delicate, holding the glass by the stem will help to prevent the warmth of your hands from changing the temperature of the wine if you were to hold the glass by the bowl.
Final Thoughts on Serving Moscato
White Moscato is served chilled at a 45-50 degrees F temperature in a wine glass with a long stem, small bowl, and narrow rim. In comparison, the red Moscato is slightly chilled at a 55-65 degrees F temperature in a wine glass with a short stem, large bowl, and wide rim.