The uber-fragrant Muscat grape thrives in the hills of Italy’s Piedmont region, where artisans produce the effervescent and sweet Moscato d’Asti. It’s related to Asti Spumante, but only as you are to your hick cousins in West Virginia. Low in alcohol, these flowery dessert substitutes taste soft and lush, like this one from Batasiolo. The roses, effusive peaches, apricot and white grape juice bring back memories of Grandma’s perfume. 3.5 stars out of 5. Sweetness=5 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $14
Taylor is a self-proclaimed Southern foodie, turned Californian food, wine, and gardening hipster.