Is there a better way to celebrate the end of summer than drinking Orange Muscat? I don’t think so. Did you know that this grape is actually a blended wine? In this article, you’ll learn everything you wanted to know about this wonderful grape but perhaps didn’t know to ask.
What Is Orange Muscat?
This is a white grape variety best known in California, Oregon and Australia. The wines are usually sweet, although some are dry. Its French name is Muscat Fleur d’Orange. As its name may hint, the wine from this grape has a distinctive aroma of orange. Its powerful aromatics also include orange blossom, apricot, pear and spicy fruit.
The best-known brand is Essencia, made by Andrew Quady of Quady Winery in Santa Barbara County, California.
How Does Orange Muscat Compare to Muscat?
Muscat is known to be the oldest wine grape and is thought by many to be the parent grape of every other grape whose wine we drink today. The Muscat family of grapes includes over 200 grape varieties belonging to the Vitis vinifera species.
According to WineSearcher, Orange Muscat’s relation to other Muscat grapes was long debated. DNA studies have shown it to be a crossing of Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains and Chasselas. I tried to find out when this varietal was invented but wasn’t able to.
WineShop At Home’s Contribution
I’m newly excited about Orange Muscat after trying WineShop At Home’s latest version, which was released last month. It is quite beautiful. Here are the tasting notes:
Our Infinite Wisdom 2020 Orange Muscat was made in a sweet style from a sustainably grown vineyard in Lodi. Every family celebration is a big one in the Muscat family. Orange Muscat has approximately 200 relatives. The nose has ample citrus components of lime, lemon and orange, but the Muscat family also offers perfume of pineapple, pear and apple. This juicy wine displays many attractive attributes, including a fruity mid-palate and a touch of spice in the finish. This medium-intensity, sweet wine is sure to delight.
This wine pairs well with Indian curries, spicy Thai dishes, fruit tarts, cake, ginger peach pie, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack and mozzarella.
In addition to the beauty of the wine, you get the beauty of our new Infinite Wisdom label, which has this infinitely wise quote by Audrey Hepburn: “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
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