My wife loves this wine but at $10 a bottle . I was wondering if there is a
wine close to this at a cheaper cost ? Yes, I am the middle class , raising
a family and $10 a bottle is a significant amount .
Hope some of you understand , don't tell me none of you have had this wine
No, Luccio Moscato D'Asti comes from Italy. FWIW, you *can* find it for
under $10/bottle. Spec's in Houston is selling it for $8.98, but they
don't ship to Montezuma, IA (if that's indeed where you are). It's also
being sold for $8.99/bottle by GoodSpirits Fine Wine&Liquor in Sioux
Falls, SD, so you might have more luck with them. If you order it in
quantity (usally a case of 12) it'll be under $10 even with shipping
added in. (This information, BTW, comes from the very useful website
Plan B is to go to a wine store and ask them what they'd recommend
that's like the Luccio Moscato. Wine-searcher doesn't show any stores
in IA selling a Moscato for under $10, but it isn't all-knowing.
The problem is that $10 is pretty cheap for an imported Italian wine.
Even Muscats from the US (Muscat is the English name for Moscato) don't
usually sell for any cheaper. You can probably find some sweet German
wines for less, but whether they'd taste at all like the Moscato is
Best of luck in your search,
Most of the major moscato's here in Md are $15 & up--Asti Spumante is more
effervescent and can be found for under $10----its made moscato too; even
the best Asti's Controtto & Fontanafredda don't compare with a moscato,
IMHO. There are several ,moscato's out of California, the best being
Moscato Amabile from Martini--sold only at the winery. They are Mondavi's
moscato d'oro, Pecota and Sutter Home. Only the Sutter Home would be under
$10. Christian Brothers used to make Chateau Lasalle that was NV and a good
quaff for the $.
One year I did a tasting called Muscat Love for the local American Wine
Society, we even played the Carpenter's Muscrat Love and had a prize as an
homage to Karen Carpenter---a special room for bulimics. I know that's
I agree with Mark, it's unlikely you'll find a Moscato d'Asti for
significantly under $10. Some thoughts:
Mark's idea of inexpensive German whites is a good one. Different
profile, but many are at similar sweetness levels.
Maybe just ask at your local store what they have in the lightly
sparkling lightly sweet area. If your wife likes Cold Duck (not a geek
favorite, but who cares if she likes) at $3.50, you're ahead of the
There's no easy "just like Moscato for less money" answer, so best idea
is to experiment yourself.
The clone used in Italy and the Left Coast is Canelli, although you may find
one or two muscat alexanders, In France the muscat d'beaune venise is from a
There are other moscato's in Italy but they do not show up here.
Below is a link to Capetta a winery that was a client---they make a moscato
piemonte, which was quite good and inexpensive.
Frizzante is slightly spritzy, Spumante is Sparkling and has a sturdier
Generally there's 3 types of Sparklers
1) From the Champagne region in France or Method Champenois--Fermented in
the bottle. Loire Valley, French-American ventures on the Left Coast.
2) Charmat--Fermented in a bottle---usually a large container---Most Italian
Spumante, Great Western
3) Bulk--CO2 piped in--Balletore, Andre, J Roget
Methode charmat, or methode martinotti. Instead of refermenting in the
bottle (as methode champenoise) it referments in big pressure containers,
which simulate a big bottle.
It usually gives lesser quality than methode champenoise, but it's way more
natural than added CO2.
Unless it say methodo champignois(sp) its charmat aka tranfer--clue is
phrase fermented in a bottle which I think has to be on front or back label
by ATF. You can bet anything under $8 retail or $20 in a restaurant is
bulk. Top of the line, the real deal. Some actually have frizzante version
of prosecco--it retails for almost $3 less in stores, but still $20 in a
restaurant--extra money in owner'spocket- Frizzantes need to be consumed