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Bera Moscato d'Asti Vittorio

Moscato sits at the top of the hierarchy of all of Bera's wines. This is one of the very few wineries in Italy where sweet wine is king, the flagship, and continues to be the estate’s most revered wine.

The 2017 Moscato features aromas of mint and sage entwined with yellow peach, green apricot and kiwi fruit aromatics with high notes of lemon, citron and fluffy meringue. Incredibly fresh.

from Jancis Robinson

This Asti takes me to summer, even on this cold, gloomy day. It's jasmine, frangipani, old-fashioned roses, dianthus; it's honeyed (you're talking pale-gold spring-blossom honey), it's apple nectar, it's a nip of ginger root in syrup and a pin prick of clove. Tiny, tiny bubbles just prickle the mouth and get all that residual sugar into a congo-dancing line. It turns into poached oranges and pears as it draws to a close.

 

Of course, it's Asti. We're not talking cut-glass Mosel acidity or Tokaj complexity or demi-sec champagne richness and breadth. But it's a wine that gives you almost the same sort of blissful delight as when a sleepy morning child wraps himself around you while you're blearily getting the coffee on the stove. It makes you want to laugh and be a little silly and it reminds you that wine can bring you joy without having to be serious.

 

This is not the ice-queen elegant champagne you're going to open with the pre-dinner New Year party canapés; not the serenely sophisticated wine you're going to serve with the starters; not the magnificent specimen you're going to bring out when the main course is borne into the dining room in sizzling triumph. And you're most certainly not going to drink it when those midnight fireworks go off. But it is the wine you can get away with when you're having a slice of leftover panettone just before you have to haul yourself up off that sofa and get the oven on and start chopping. It's the wine you can dice onions to with Annie Lennox belting out in the background, and the wine you can dance with your sister to around the kitchen table – narrowly avoiding hot pans and Lego – while Starship bellows about building a city on rock and roll. Or maybe that just happens in my house at New Year.

 

But most of all, this is a brunch wine. It's the liquid equivalent of the most deliciously ripe slice of melon drizzled with honey. It would go with honey on a hot buttery muffin or a slice of French toast; it would go with flaky croissants or Danish pastries; it would work with a bowl of berries or Bircher museli or ripe figs in Greek yogurt. It would be delicious with bacon and pancakes. I'd even be so reckless as to say, drink it with a Full English. You could kick off brunch any day with this, but it will put a special sparkle into the first day of 2019.

 

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