I have a thing for muscat-based wines….the slightly sweet ones, the really sweet ones, the slightly-bubbly ones and the dry ones….especially the dry ones. My sales reps know this, so I’m an easy target, At one point, I had, um, seven or eight different bottlings in the store at any given time. Yes, sure, one was kosher and one was a Moscato d’Asti, but that still left a ridiculous amount of muscats for a store this size. Lately, I’ve shown great restraint and whittled the selection down to just a few. Like this one: Domaine Bechtold Obere Hund Muscat 2010 (Alsace, France)
In the cold, late days of winter, I’ll call it “springtime in a bottle” – all lightness and elegance with a slightly floral, even, yes…grape-like note. In the heat of summer, I just call it charming. And apparently, I’m not alone: Eric Asimov recently devoted an entire article in the New York Times to the summertime joys of a little Muscat Love. Read it and come by for a bottle. Or just come by for a bottle.