One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to have brunch outside on the patio on a Sunday morning. And, what’s brunch without a lovely sparkling wine or Mimosa? On sale this month is Luccio Moscato d’Asti, a lovely sweet Italian sparkling wine that is terrific by itself or makes one heck of a Mimosa when mixed with fresh squeezed orange juice. It’s fresh, fragrant and gently fizzy with bright, floral aromas that give way to flavors of ripe stone fruit, tangerines, and honey. This wine is concentrated and flavorful, but not overly rich or heavy; sweet, yet balanced.
The grapes are grown in a combination of limestone and sandstone soils from the cool, hilly Asti region, then harvested by hand. They are then crushed, chilled to almost freezing in stainless steel vats, fermented and bottled to capture the resulting carbon dioxide. The result is a low alcohol (5.5% maximum by law) slightly effervescent wine, or what the Italians call vino frizzante. It’s yummy!