20 Sep

Chocolate Meets Moscato

Moscato and Chocolate

If it’s Wednesday, it must be time for a piece of really good chocolate and a glass of our favorite moscato. Or is that Thursday? Ok, any day will do when it comes to our choice for best “go-to” food and wine.

Wine expert Stacy Slinkard of About.com knows a thing or two about chocolate and wine. There are subtle differences in taste that make the pairing of wines and chocolate a culinary art form. Like fine wine, chocolates run the gamut from sweet and semi-sweet to mellow, smooth, bodacious and downright bitter.

To some, it may seem like an odd pairing. To others, like us, chasing down a tasty chunk of white chocolate with a semi-sweet, semi-sparkling MIA ROSA Moscato sounds like the ultimate in decadent luxury. There may even be some health benefits, which only add to the guilt-free experience.

White chocolate and moscato work well because, as told by wine bloggerr Vic Poulos via The Dark Chocolate Bakery: “White chocolates are generally lighter and more buttery in their flavoring. This makes white chocolate an ideal match for a sherry or a moscato. A moscato offers nice, subtle sweet bubbles. An orange muscat can also be fun to try with white chocolate. These wines will pick up the creaminess of the chocolates and the orange muscat in particular will pick up fruit tones.”

If nothing else, these ideas for mixing chocolate and wine present a multitude of choices. A little variety is always a good thing.

And ultimately, you decide what’s best!

21 Apr

As Weather Warms, Moscato Keeps Us Cool

MoscatoWhen spring weather suddenly feels like the middle of summer, we know it’s time to lather up the sunscreen and chill the Moscato wine.

There’s nothing better and more relaxing than a chilled (57-60 degrees), low alcohol (5 percent), semi-sparkling, semi-sweet Moscato to lighten up the day or weekend.

According to the wine education site, Wine Folly, the Muscat grape may be one of the oldest cultivated varieties in the world. It’s enjoying a trendy renaissance and often suggested to pair with not only desserts but tasty spicy and savory foods.

Moscato is known for its sweet flavors of peach, orange blossom and nectarine. It satisfies chilled on its town, over ice or as the base for a brunch mimosa cocktail. Moscato and its Dolce Rosso red sibling are easy-to-drink, refreshing and never fussy.

To learn more about Moscato, check out winefolly.com and The Wine.

31 Mar

Are Millennials Driving the Wine Business?

Millennials Driving the Wine Business

It’s no secret Americans love their wine. But, what might be a revelation is Millennials driving the wine business more than any other generational group.

Why is that? A variety of factors, ranging from availability and quality, to drinkability and price, are convincing more and more Millennials to choose wine over other alcoholic beverages. Millennials represent a quarter of the U.S. population and, according to many experts, the future of the wine consumption market.

As reported by Katie Murar of the Medill News Service, a recent study by the Wine Market Council found that 42 percent of all wine drunk in the U.S. in 2015 was by Millennials, 13 percent higher than 2014. The report found that Millennials are also apt to choose from a wider variety of wines than other generations. Among their favorites: Malbec, Moscato, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

Transformation of the Industry

An equally in-depth Market Watch piece on Millennials driving the wine business and its growth in many areas reinforces what is transforming the industry. Although Baby Boomers still command 50 percent of the market, Millennials are the overall bigger group and making bigger gains in terms of wine consumption. They also drink more wine at any one sitting, averaging 3.1 glasses.

These are ‘High Frequency Wine Drinkers‘ – as characterized by the Wine Market Council – and they drink wine several times a week. READ MORE



16 Feb

Millenials Love Their Wine!


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When it comes to wine consumption, it looks like millenials have caught and surpassed baby boomers. More of us are drinking more wine in the U.S. and doing so at all levels of taste and price.

For the latest 2015 survey results, check out this detailed report. It’s going to be a great year for wine in 2016!

03 Feb

Wine and the Super Bowl?

Illustration: Bob Eckstein for The New York Times

People in America watch football a lot, often munching on snack food and drinking beer. But, once the NFL playoffs start and culminate in this weekend’s Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the audience increases dramatically and wine becomes the social beverage of choice for a growing legion of fans. As New York Times reporter Ken Belson points out, much of that affinity for good wine and professional football is coming from Millennials. And, with the big game being played so close to Wine Country, it’s no surprise that the lucky few attending in person will have a their choice of 60 different brands to choose from. For the rest of us (about 100 million in the U.S.), there’s always semi-sweet, semi-sparkling MIA ROSA to match with your chicken wings or fruit and cheese platters. Enjoy the game!

15 Dec

Red Wine is the New Workout

WineInsteadOfWorkoutNo one here is suggesting you give up the treadmill altogether. But, a glass of red wine may occasionally substitute for that gym workout and with similar results. What’s intriguing is new research that reveals a glass of red wine may be equal to an hour spent at your local gym. Something to think about over the holidays, when get-togethers and parties don’t leave you enough time to work it all off.

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