December 07, 2005
Vietti 2004 Moscato d'Asti Cascinetta
(Imported by Rémy Amérique, New York; about $14)
I love the holidays. It's about the only time of the year when I can suggest a wine to go with cookies, and people don't automatically think I should be attending AA meetings. Christmas cookies are by definition special-occasion delights, deserving of more fanfare than a plain old glass of milk. Many people like to spike their milk with cinnamon, sugar, eggs and rum, but eggnog is the sort of thing best appreciated after a day of ice climbing or other rigorous, calorie-burning exercise. After a big roast turkey or baked ham dinner, a Moscato d'Asti is the way to go. The wine's tiny bubbles give its lightly sweet, floral flavors an ethereal feel; the low alcohol (about 6 percent as opposed to the 12 to 14 percent of most wines) makes it easy to enjoy a full glass without falling asleep in your chair. And it's terrific for dunking biscotti.
This article originally appeared in the Denver Post.