You say Muscat- I say Muscato, You say Pinot Grigio, I say Pinot Gris, You say Syrah, I say Shiraz

Open That Bottle Night

We recently celebrated Open That Bottle Night- What fun?!!

We started the evening with a Wine Tasting: 

A Sauv Blanc/Muscat Blend, A WA. State Chardonnay, A CA. Chardonnay and a Red Blend (Cab Franc, Petite Sirah, and Cab Sauv)

Then we moved on to the meal section of the evening:

Appetizers:  Coconut Shrimp and baked brie, paired with an Italian Muscato–I explained that Muscato is how Italians say Muscat……but then I second guessed myself because the wine was sparkling and I thought that it would be Muscato d’Asti and it was simply labeled Muscato…..hmmmm.

I went on with my rant about Muscat/Muscato, Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio……..thinking I better check this out:

Muscat (Moscato) grows throughout Italy in various forms. In dessert form it is either passito or fortified. It is used in the sparkling wines Asti and Moscato d’Asti.

So, I am correct in saying that Muscato is the way you would say Muscat in Italy and since this was an Italian Muscat—we would use Muscato when referring to the wine.

Next, we had a Vichyssoise- paired with an Italian Pinot Grigio that was crisp, fruit forward, with a light mouth feel that went very well with the soup.

The main course:  Ribs, Marinated, Grilled Portobello, Grilled Asparagus and Scalloped Potatoes that we paired with a few delicious Red Wines (Funkadelic Syrah, and a Syzygy Blend both Walla Walla, Washington Wines)

I’d say we learned something about wine, enjoyed good food, good friends and good times.  Until next year-OTBN~Cheers!!

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