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Class 4: Major Regional Varieties

aromatic whites




Muscat is one of the world's oldest vines and so has many mutations. The grapes can vary from green to pink to brown.

Like Gewurztraminer, with which it shares a high intensity of aroma, Muscat's model is from Alsace, where the finest dry examples are produced.

It is also widely planted elsewhere in France, especially in the south along the Mediterranean, and in northern Italy; in these warmer areas it gets very ripe and makes primarily sweet wines and sparkling wines.



Dry Muscats

The dry, still versions of Muscat made in Alsace are light- to medium-bodied, with floral and spice aromas and honey, apricot, melon and orange flavors and good acidity. These wines are usually best drunk young.

Sweet Muscats

Sweet dessert wines made...

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