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by Fred McMillin
The Winemaker Isn't Ordinary
The Grape Isn't OrdinaryIt's one of the rarest variations of man's ancient winemaking grape, the Muscat; in Italian, the name is Moscato Fior d'Arancio, or "orange blossom muscat."
The Rest of the Story
A few years ago I received a note from Etienne. "We have planted 25 acres of unusual varietals, including Moscato Fior d'Arancio. It is destined to become a truly luscious dessert wine."
The prediction is looking good. At a recent Culinary Institute of America (Napa Valley) Tuscan feast featuring Italian varietal wines grown in California, what was poured at the end of the meal? Etienne's Moscato. I see it also has started winning medals...including an award from the large New World International Tasting. Let's get it on...
The Wine of the Day
'97 Moscato Fior d'Arancio (mos-cah-toe feeor
dar ahn-cheeo)...just ask for "Orange Muscat."
There are over 4,000 acres of other wine vines in California for every acre of Orange Muscat.
This page created May 2000