Muscat

This is the scarlet pimpernel of the grape world. It has so many variations, so many pseudonyms and spin-offs that it's often difficult to tell what particular strain of Muscat a grape actually is - one is permanently seeking Muscat here, there and everywhere.

What's not difficult to spot, however, is the unique musky, grapey, pungent smell that emanates from a wine made with Muscat or the honeyed flavours that are usually translated to the mouth, in either sweet or dry versions. Mostly, though, Muscat is used to make semisweet or dessert wines, partly because of its good acid properties, but mainly because it just produces the most deliciously sweet juice when pressed and turned into wine.

The most common and most ancient variety of Muscat is Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains, which bizarrely has three different-coloured variations, producing pink, red and even black berries, most of which are used in the production of white wines (the skins are removed to prevent coloration of the juice). There are three other major varieties: Muscat Hamburg, Muscat of Alexandria and straight Muscat, which actually produces table grapes, rather than wine. In most cases, however, when you pick a bottle off the supermarket shelf, it will simply read Muscat.

Pronunciation: Mus-cat.

Where do I find it? All over France, Greece, Australia, California, Italy, South Africa , North Africa.

What does it taste like? It's one of the few grapes that actually taste of grapes; throw in some honey, apricots and nuts and you're there.

Tell me something I didn't know: It's one of the only specific grape varieties that were referred to in written text in ancient Greece. Pliny the Elder had a bit of a penchant for Muscat.

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IWSC Silver 2016
Barefoot Pink Moscato
Case price: £6.48
Per bottle: £5.50
 
Torres Natureo De-alcoholised Muscat
Case price: £5.99
Per bottle: £5.99
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Luis Felipe Edwards Chardonnay Muscat Viognier
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Mas Neuf Muscat Sec
Case price: £8.99
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Gallo Pink Moscato
Case price: £5.25
Per bottle: £5.25
 
IWSC Bronze 2015
Barefoot Moscato
Case price: £6.48
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Brown Brothers Late Harvested Orange Muscat & Flor...
Case price: £6.99
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Carte Or Muscat Beaumes-De-Venise
Case price: £7.99
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Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato NV
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Rafale Muscat IGP Pays d’Oc
Case price: £66.00
Per bottle: £8.25
 
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Cazes Muscat de Rivesaltes 2009
Case price: £105.24
Per bottle: £8.77
 
Le Cochon Doue Muscat Sec 2013
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