Moscato Food Pairing: Moscato For Breakfast, Anyone?

Moscato Food Pairing

A Moscato food pairing for brunch – why not? It’s low alcohol wine, bubbly and crisp, and fruity but not too sweet. >

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year I thought of my favorite Moscato food pairing for my Wine Pairing Weekend group’s annual ode to February 14th. Hungry? I know I am.

Not Your Classic Moscato Pairing: Full English, please!

When I first wrote about Moscato d’Asti with a Full English Breakfast (something I like to call #MoscatoForBreakfast) in The Ultimate Guide to Piedmont Food and Wine Pairing the naysayers lined up. I get it.

Eggs and bacon are quite the contrast to the traditional sweet pairing of this crisp frizzante. Last spring I set out to prove Moscato d’Asti pairs well with a salty, greasey breakfast menu. No, I’m not suggesting you start your work day with a glass of vino next to your eggs and bacon. It’s all about brunch. And, that’s how I did it.Moscato d Asti Food Pairing

Moscato For Breakfast: The Players

I gathered a renegade group here in the Langhe and Roero to give it a go. I enlisted the help of British friends for the food prep, Lesley and Darryl Baldwin. Then, I solicited two of my favorite Moscato d’Asti producers to provide the vino. On hand were Demarie from the Roero and Ca’ del Baio from Barbaresco.

Next, I filled the tables with area wine producers, Piemontese, expats, a local wine writer, and we even had some super cool wine tour clients to join the fun. We started with an apertivo spread of local meats and kept tradition with torta di nocciole – hey, if it ain’t broke! Who doesn’t love a good hazelnut cake!? When all was said and done I’m pleased to report that the verdict was a rousing YES! to the Full English Breakfast Moscato food pairing.

Wine Pass: Moscato For Breakfast: The Wine Pairing You Weren’t Expecting

I have since worked with Demarie to present it to visiting wine bloggers. Read what The Wine Wankers had to say about #MoscatoForBreakfast. And, check out how Penny from Adventures of a Carry-on liked it! Demarie puts their own spin on the Full English, using in-season vegetables from their garden. Often with the addition of fried red peppers and, of course the torta di nocciole. 

#MoscatoForBreakfast: It’s a Thing

Most people immediately think of sweet desserts for this wine. And, they work fantastically. But, a good Moscato d’Asti is not a super sweet drink – despite some of the wines found at lower prices in larger markets like the U.S. That in mind, it can be a great compliment to salty dishes.

Moscato d’Asti is a frizzante wine, not actually a sparkling at all. The bubbles come from what’s called an interrupted fermentation. This differs from a traditional spumante or Metodo Classico wine that gets its bubbles from secondary fermentation.

Read more from Wine Pass: 13 Things to Know about Piemonte’s Sparkling Wines

On the nose are floral aromas with hints of peaches and apricot. The palate shows medium acidity with big, juicy fruit flavors of pear, apple, peach, and apricot. The fizzy and crisp drink lightens up the salt-heavy menu. And, the acidity cuts through all that grease.

Moscato Food Pairing: Full English Breakfast Recipe

  • Eggs: Fried, poached, or scrambled.
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Grilled Tomato
  • Grilled Mushrooms
  • Baked Beans
  • Black Pudding
  • Fried Bread or Toast with Butter

Click for Jamie Oliver’s complete Full English recipe.

Moscato d’Asti Buying Guide

Here is a short list of some Moscato d’Asti that are worth a try. All can be found in limited quantities in the U.S. And, each are worth a visit when in the area:

Moscato pairing

Get your own bottle!

Win yourself a bottle in The Great Piedmont Wine Giveaway from Lazenne and try your own Moscato Food pairing – obviously, I recommend breakfast-style! Enter to win a Lazenne Wine Check luggage with 12 bottles of Piedmont wines (3 bottles from 4 different producers!) Check out for details and to register.

And, what is your favorite Moscato food pairing? Please, share below! 

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26 replies on “Moscato Food Pairing: Moscato For Breakfast, Anyone?”
    1. Oh, yes – do! The producers and I talk all the time about the need for education on a good Moscato in the States.

      The cheap, sickly sweet stuff give it such a bum rap. It’s too bad because Moscato sales is on the rise in the U.S.

      People need to taste the difference to see that spending a couple dollars more is worth it for the good stuff.

      Happy Valentine’s!

  1. I always say people who don’t think wine goes with breakfast are doing breakfast wrong. Why wouldn’t a sweet wine go with bacon? Bacon makes an appearance in all kinds of desserts. And if I have sausage with pancakes I dip the sausage in the syrup. I say bring on the sweet wine for breakfast.

  2. A delicious brunch! Thanks for citing our Wine Pass article 😀
    One thing that stood out to me when drinking Moscato for breakfast (and Brachetto for lunch), was that a glass of it is perfect–it’s light and doesn’t make me feel too sleepy to take on the rest of the day.
    Gotta drink more of it!

        1. ha ha! love it ‘scandalous’. a lot of people were surprised at the idea of chinese food with nebbiolo. but, it didn’t get vehement disdain like Moscato with eggs and bacon.

          challenge accepted: we must find the next piedmont wine pairing scandal!

  3. says: Lori

    OOH. moscato for breakfast, what a concept! Love it! I think its great that you like to think outside the box and “challenge” they typical! Kudos to you!

    1. Thanks, Lori!

      It’s fun to try to do it here, where not everyone is open to seeing beyond the traditional. I also think doing something fun like this can open people up to a wine they may have overlooked, like Moscato d’Asti.

      I hope you try it and let me know what you think. Cheers! Val

  4. says: Thomas

    just wondering why you spell hazelnuts ‘nicciole’ instead of ‘nocciole’ ?

    It’s been repeated a few times in the article.



  5. says: Mike Monahan

    You continue to amaze me with your joy for food, friends, wine and life. I’ve had Moscato for brunch and love it! Fruity wine and bacon are simpatico! Lambrusco is a good branch choice as well. Hope to see you soon!!

    1. Thanks, Mike! Lambrusco – what a great idea for brunch, too! Once I’m free and clear to consume again, I’ll give that a go!

      Hope all is well for you and you enjoyed the Bronco’s win!

      Talk soon! Val

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