March Madness Brings Out the Moscato Madness at Olive Garden!
Sports fans gear up for March Madness, and for wine fans, let’s celebrate Moscato Madness – if anyone needs a reason for more Moscato this Spring.
Robyn Albert has tasted dozens of Moscatos as Olive Garden’s resident Italian wine connoisseur including everything from Pink Moscatos to Moscatos mixed with beer (which might sound strange, but achieves a taste similar to cider!).
There are two new cocktails at Olive Garden for Spring 2017! I have images but no recipes ! So disappointing, I know but these cocktails are pretty simple. I would suggest 1 part of all ingredients except the Moscato, which would be 2 parts.
Visit Olive Garden to try these two new cocktails or try the new Moscato Tasting option which is well worth the time to taste a variety of Moscato wines.
Black Cherry Moscato : A sparkling blend of Primo Amore Moscato, Caravella Limoncello, black cherry and ginger beer.
Green Apple Moscato Sangria:A blend of chilled Moscato, granny smith green apple and a splash of pineapple juice.
(Use slices of Granny Smith apples, a 3/4 full glass of Moscato and a splash of chilled pineapple juice.)
Robyn Albert’s list of 10 key tasting tips and information for you!
1) Moscato is made from the Muscat grape, which is one of the oldest grape families in the world.
2)The home of Moscato is the Piedmont region of Italy.
3)Moscatos from Northern Italy taste different to those in the South. (Pear and apple are popular flavors from the North, while melon and citrus are popular in the South).
4)The base flavor for Moscato is peach, and other popular flavors include Apricot, Peach, Nectarine, Lemon and Orange.
5)The aromas of Moscato include Honeysuckle, Vanilla, Rose, Jasmine, Caramel and Orange Blossom.
6)Most Moscato wines are sparkling, which have about half of the bubbles as a glass of champagne. (To sound like a Moscato pro, refer to your sparkling as a “Frizzante”).
7)Sliced apples are the best choice to complement a Moscato tasting; they sensitize your palate, so you can taste more components of the flavor.
8)Moscato-fy your classic wine & cheese pairings: the sweet wine pairs best with firm cheeses made from Cow’s Milk. (The high-fat content in these cheeses pairs well with the acidity of the wine).
9)Beyond Italia: Asian food — like Thai, Szechuan, and Vietnamese — are becoming popular cuisines because the sweetness helps “cool” hot foods.
10)If you’re sipping your Moscato over dessert, make it Tiramisu for the perfect after-dinner pairing. The combo of Moscato and Tiramisu create a third flavor, which will taste delightful on your palate.
Find these great Moscato cocktails and other Italian treats at Olive Garden Restaurants! Thanks to Robyn Albert for her great Moscato Tasting Tips!
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