Drinking and Pairing Moscato d'Asti with FoodThere are hundreds of varieties of Muscat grown in nearly every wine-producing region throughout the world. In Piedmont, Moscato d'Asti is a fragrant and delicious fizzy sweet version produced from the Moscato Bianco variety. Moscato d'Asti is produced near the town of Asti in Piedmont, and it is often confused with the wine known as Asti (formerly Asti Spumante), even though the two wines are quite different. Asti is a fully sparkling wine and is slightly less sweet than Moscato d'Asti, mainly produced on an industrial scale. Moscato d'Asti is gently sparkling and lower in alcohol (around 5.5%) and is considered a more artisanal product.
Some Italians call Moscato d'Asti the "perfect breakfast wine" and indeed can be served with fruit pastries, butter cookies, and panettone, the sweet bread of nearby Milan often served at Christmas.
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