Cards of Wine

Asti Spumante (Italy)

Asti Spumante is a sparkling white Italian wine from Piemonte.

The main grape is Moscato Bianco.

Typical Flavors


Orange
Orange
Peach
Peach
Apricot
Apricot
Grapes
Grapes

Flowers
Flowers
Candy
Candy
Honey
Honey
Minerals
Minerals

Orange, Peach, Apricot, and Moscato Grape flavors are typical for Asti Spumante.

Notes of Perfume, Flowers (Acacia / Jasmine), Honey, and Minerals.

Profile

Asti Spumante wines are Sweet, Fruity, and Acidic:

SUGAROff-Dry
BODYLight
FRUITHigh
ACIDITYHigh
Serving temperatures:
6-8°C (43-46°F)

Food Pairing


Aperitif
Aperitif
Strawberries
Strawberries
Fruit
Fruit
Dried Fruit
Dried Fruit

Salami
Salami
Cantucci
Biscuits
Panettone
Panettone
Cheese
Cheese

Asti Spumante can be served as a light apertif.

In Piemonte it is served with fruit and Dolci (Dessert).

Pairing Suggestions

Not too sweet desserts:
Fresh Fruit. Strawberries !!!
Dried Fruit. Glaced Fruit.
Fruit Cake. Panettone. Lemon Cake.
Apple Pie (with Cream).
Salted Nuts. Biscuits. Cantucci.
Pudding. Hazelnut Desserts.
Charcuterie. Salted and Cured Meat.

Other Excellent Pairing:
Melon and Ham (Prosciutto).

Cheese:
Strong Cheese.

Asti Spumante DOCG

Asti Spumante is often confused with Moscato d’Asti.

Both are DOCG wines made from the same grapes in the same area. However, Moscato d’Asti is frizzante (slightly fizzy or semi-sparkling) as opposed to the fully sparkling Asti Spumante.

Moscato d’Asti has more delicate flavors and lower alcohol than Asti Spumante.

Piemonte (Piedmont)

Piemonte has been an important wine province since Roman times. The area is influenced both culturally and climatically by the Alps in the north, and the Ligurian coast in the south.

Piemonte

Nebbiolo (the power of the Barolo and Barbaresco) is the most famous grape of Piemonte, followed by the red grapes Barbera and Dolcetto.

For whites, Cortese and Arneis are the most popular grapes.

For dessert, the off-dry, sparkling Moscato d'Asti is the queen.

The most important wine regions are:

  • Asti (Barbera d'Asti)
  • Langhe (Nebbiolo, Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera di Alba, Dolcetto, Roero)
  • Monferrato (Barbera del Monferrat, Nizza, Cortese di Gavi)
  • North (Gattinara, Ghemme)

Piemonte has 17 DOCG regions: