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The 9 Best Moscato Wines To Bring To Your Next Brunch

If you don't like Moscato, then you've never had good Moscato.

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Moscato can get an (undeserved!) bad rap. Though it's available in semi-sweet and dry varieties, haters often dismiss the sparkling wine as too sugary. Well, guess what? They don't know what they're missing out on. The right bottle of Moscato has a refreshingly light and fruity taste, the kind of wine that's prefect for sipping at brunch or as an after-dinner treat. And this type of good Moscato isn't necessarily expensive, if you know where to look.

Moscato wines are produced in Italy with Muscat grapes. There are over 200 varieties of the grape, which means the wine can vary greatly. It's known for its sweet and perfume-y flavors due to the high residual sugar and low acidity in the Muscat grapes. Take a sip and you'll likely pick up flavors of peach, apricot, citrus, rose petal, and elderflower.

You'll always want to serve Moscato chilled so that its sweetness is softened, and the notes of the different fruits come through. You might want to pair the wine with foods that are spicy, sour, salty, or bitter, as the sweetness of Moscato will provide a pleasant contrast. Think spicy chicken wings, cured meats like prosciutto and salami, salty peanuts, crudites, and strong cheeses.

If you're looking for bubbly brands to turn a Moscato hater into a Moscato lover, here are our favorite bottles of the Italian wine, perfect to serve at your next brunch, springtime soiree, or general get-together.

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1 Saracco Moscato d' Asti

If you're serving fresh fruit, this is the bottle to crack open. Pears, peaches, and fresh berries will complement the taste of this wine.

2 Stella Rosa Moscato d'Asti N.V.

One of the drier bottles of Moscato on the market, the semisweet flavor is actually perfect for counterbalancing a particularly spicy main dish.

3 Sutter Home Moscato
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For a solid pick under $10, go for this Sutter Home bottle. There are plenty of Moscatos in that price range, but none with this bottle's balanced acidity and sweet taste.

4 Skinnygirl Moscato 750ml
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The brainchild of Real Housewives' Bethenny Frankel, this light, low-cal wine tastes just as flavorful and sweet as a traditional bottle.

5 Bota Box Moscato 3L Box
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One of our favorite boxed wine brands, Bota Box is perfect for a party or any other gathering when a single bottle just isn't going to do it.

6 Earl Stevens Mangoscato
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Earl Stevens

With a relatively high ABV of 18 percent (!), it's safe to say this mango-flavored Moscato is the wine you bring to the party when you want to have a good time.

7 Baron Herzog Jeunesse Black Muscat
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This black Muscat really embodies how diverse this varietal can be. Aside from its deep red color and aromatic notes of pineapple and apple, the wine still has the signature Moscato bubbly sweetness.

8 Myx Fusions Peach Moscato

Pairing this Moscato with a fruity dessert would taste just peachy. Cobbler, anyone?

9 Barefoot Refresh Sweet White 750ml
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Crisp and light with a relatively low ABV, this spritzy wine was made for day drinking. 

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