** No Oranges Were Harmed in the Making of This Wine
Orange Muscat: orange flavored Moscato? Nope.
Fun name for a Moscato? Nope.
Orange colored Moscato, right? Nope again.
Orange Muscat is a grape unto itself. A wonderful, slightly orange scented, grape with a lot to offer wine aficionados and novices alike.
The origins of this grape are mysterious. Some say Italy, others say France. But nether of these countries widely produce it anymore. Today, it is more commonly found in the U.S. and Australia. It is most commonly made in a sweet or desert wine style, it can be quite surprising when made dry. It is also very popular in blends because it can add interesting aromas (orange anyone?) to the finished wine. Sweet wine drinkers love it for the variety of flavors it offers wile even dry wine drinkers can appreciate it for its smooth and easy-going profile.
There is, however, ongoing debate of the pedigree of the Orange Muscat grape. Some say it is not related to other Muscat grapes at all. Newly emerging DNA testing is suggesting that it is in fact a crossing between Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains and Chasselas.
Whatever the case, Orange Muscat is perfect for a variety of foods, occasions, and moods.