If you are in the market for a light, moderately sweet, low alcohol sparkling wine to sip in warm weather, I have the perfect candidate for you: Acquesi Asti DOCG ($17 SRP) from Italy.
Acquesi is made from the Moscato Bianco grape, one of Italy’s oldest grape varietals, and in this case comes from the Piedmont region. It is a pleasingly sweet frizzante style sparkling wine that weighs in only at 7 percent alcohol, which makes it a good candidate for serving as an aperitif, especially in warm and hot weather.
It’s a fairly light- to medium-bodied sparkler with beautiful apricot, white flower, honeysuckle and peach aromas. On the palate, this fizzy Moscato offers up pineapple, honey, peach, and brioche flavors with no oak.
This is a versatile wine that, as I suggested, would make an excellent aperitif. On the other hand, you could serve it with or in place of dessert. But I would also try it with foods like fried chicken, sushi and spicy fare. It’s a fun, inexpensive celebratory sparkling wine.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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