Muscat is not considered a glamorous nor complex grape, but its simplicity and ‘grapey’ nature lend itself to a few different styles and a nice change from the norm. It can be sweet, dry or sparkling.
What you need to know
The only grape that really tastes likes grapes or raisins, you can often buy Muscat grapes in the supermarkets.
You find sweet and fortified Muscat in both the old and new world, often darker than a white wine due to the colour of the Muscat skin. Try Maury or Muscat de Rivesaltes for an after dinner treat.
For dry head to the Languedoc for some Muscat Sec – the aromas are matched by a surprisingly neutral flavour, great chilled down in the summer sun.
Top Tip – Drink Muscat-de-Beaumes-de-Venise, a lightly fortified sweet wine from the Rhône, in the bath, despite its heady perfume it’s actually quite light.
This Australian sweet Muscat is deliciously light whilst being packed with luscious flavours. It's very floral but has just the right balance to stop it being over sweet. Try it with creme brulée or a lovely fruit salad.