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** 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.
Step 1: Google the phrase "best Thanksgiving wine pairings."
Step 2: Click on ALL the links and read them thoroughly.
Step 3: Get really confused by all the types of wine, conflicting opinions, and complicated side dishes that you weren't planning on making anyway.
Step 4: Resist the urge to just go to the store and buy the fist box of wine you can find.
Step 5: Go to lost Oak Winery and pick up a few bottles of your favorite wine.
As the resident wine nerd, I get asked about wine pairings all the time. Making sure that you are giving yourself and your guest the very best food and wine experience can be daunting and even anxiety inducing. My advice to everyone looking for that elusive perfect pairing is; drink what you like and get a bottle of wine you know your friends will like. There are some stead fast rules when it comes to pairing: Unoaked whites with citrusy foods, rich meats with tannic reds, sweet wines with spicy food, and your wine for dessert needs to be sweeter than the dessert. However, my number one rule is this: If you don't like the wine, there is nothing I can pair it with to make you like it. Same goes with food, if you don't like it, there isn't a wine made that will make it better. But, there is a bright side. If there is a wine that you are on the fence about, following the rules mentioned earlier can make it a flavor explosion. My number two rule is to always try new wines with new foods. You will never come across the perfect pairing if you don't try it.
Cheers! ~ Angela, WSET III
Holiday food preparations can be daunting even to the most seasoned of home chefs.
Should I put cranberries in the stuffing this year? Would anyone notice if I made box mashed potatoes? Is macaroni and cheese an acceptable side dish? I think aunt Carol is gluten free now, how do I even make a gluten free pie?
Once you get all that settled you are STILL NOT FINISHED, you have drinks to think about!
And, if your family is anything like ours, wine will be involved.
A good hostess always has the perfect wine parings to complement their lovingly crafted food. After all, you didn’t just spend the week leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas fretting over which gravy is the best to serve to simply ignore wine parings, right?
Worry not, the Lost Oak Family is here to help! Here are some tips from our little family:
From Gene: Stock up on Lost Oak Wine and have a lot of verity, your friends and family will find the pairing that they like the most.
From Judy: It’s about the presentation! Bring out fancy glasses and serve red and white Lost Oak Wine to make the place settings pop.
From Roxanne: If you are going to someone else’s house, be sure to bring a bottle or two of your favorite Lost Oak Wine. It makes a great hostess gift and you are guaranteed to have something you like to drink.
From Angela: A lighter red, like our Montepulciano, is a great compliment to both turkey and ham, but you can never go wrong with our Sauvignon Blanc either. The subtle flavor won’t overpower the turkey and the citrus notes can stands up to the fats in the ham. For those with a little bit more of a sweet tooth, go for the Orange Muscat. The slight orange zest flavor will complement everything form the Turkey to that strange Jell-O thing with the fruit that Aunt Carol always insists on bringing.
From Mariam: I’m serving a bottle of everything Lost Oak – red, white, sweet, dry, bubbly. But back off that extra bottle of Cabernet… is mine. I need it to make it through the day!
From Jim: Get two bottles of every Lost Oak red! Drink one now, then drink one a year from now to compare how the flavors evolved. You won't be sorry!
From Our table to yours, Cheers!