by Fred McMillin
for June 10, 1997
The Wine That Pleased Pliny
Muscat vines are thought to be the oldest known to man...Pliny the Elder called it the "grape of the bees" because of its sweetness and strong aroma.
- From Jancis Robinson's "Vines, Grapes and Wines"
The Rest of the Story: Pliny was talking about Muscat vines in what today we call Italy. Fortunately, the Muscat family is still there, alive and well and delicate and sweet.
In Italy's renowned Piedmont district, Michele Chiarlo produces a million bottles a year. They include a delicious dessert Muscat from the Asti area for a very reasonable $9 (375 ml.). So, wind up your next dinner party with a great conversation piece, this close relative of the wine that pleased Pliny 2,000 years ago.
1995 Nivole Moscato d'Asti
Category: Highly Recommended in its price range
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