I’ve been trying a lot of Salvatore Principe’s sparkling wines lately. I think it’s just a great way to start off the week … refreshing, bubbly fun on a Sunday for brunch or lunch!
Salvatore Principe Moscato
So the first thing on this sparkling wine you may notice is … what is Malvasia? Okay, maybe that was just me, but I’ll share my new found knowledge with you about this grape. Malvasia is a grape that is typically grown in the Mediterranean regions. Here at home in the USA, this grape is grown in the California and Arizona. This is just another grape variety. This particular sparkling wine is a blend of 84% Moscato and 16% Malvasia Rosso.
How does it taste? The one thing I do like about this brand of sparkling wine is that they make it very simple to know the sweetness level. They provide for you on the back of this bottle a leveled scale for a “sweetness rating”. On a scale of 1 to 10, this wine rates an 8 on the sweetness level. They are correct on this; this sparkling wine is really sweet. It’s full of raspberry and strawberry juiciness. The tasting notes on the website indicate rose petals and honeysuckle are also noted in this one.
I picked up this Sparkling Malvasia wine for $10/bottle. It’s not terribly expensive and it’s probably just the right touch for a dessert wine as well as a chilled drink for brunch. This one is great to sip on it’s own or you can pair this with cold cuts and mild cheeses.
I’m curious, have you tasted this wine? Did you find it too sweet or just right? Would love to hear your tasting thoughts in the comments below!