Agricola Gian Piero Marrone Muscato d'Asti
I love sweets, and I adore Muscat, so there was no chance I wouldn't adore this lovely Muscato d'Asti from Agricola Gian Piero Marrone.
Gian Piero himself poured it for me at the Vancouver Wine Fest. After I slurped it down I immediately ran off to the fest store and secured myself one of the last bottles. After a few weeks of gazing at it admiringly and petting it, I took it to a birthday party along with the Gres St. Paul Libertine Muscat Sec.
The 2006 Gres St. Paul wasn't as fragrant as the 2005 was, but it is still one of the most tasty dry whites I've ever had. Heaven.
But the whole point of this post is the Moscato d'Asti. It's sweet, oh, very sweet, as Moscato d'Asti should be, with gentle bubbles and very light on alcohol (5%). It's dessert in a glass -- what soda pop tasted like when you were a kid -- how fruit must taste in heaven.
It's layered with orange blossoms and honey, syrup sweet but somehow not cloying. It dissolves on your tongue and leaves you thirsty for more. Ah, the Italians know what they're doing. Italians know love.
I should mention that the other wines handsome Gian Piero Marrone poured were fantastic as well. And he paired the meaty main course red with a sniff from a bubbling pot of truffle soup -- just to give people an idea of how the red would pair with food. Ah, what class!