#2 Moscato Wine: The Go To Holiday Gift

With the holidays approaching, it seems everyone is looking for the perfect gifts for family members, friends, and coworkers.  Finding wonderful gifts for everyone and staying within the holiday budget, doesn’t have to be a challenge.  Wine makes a wonderful holiday gift, when creatively presented.

What wine to chose can seem a daunting challenge.  But, it doesn’t have to be.   The perfect go to wine for holiday gifting is moscato.  Moscato wine is world renowned for its sweet,  fruity flavor. Many moscato wines offer hints of  peach, orange, nectarine, apricot, lemon and more.

Moscato wine has a light, fragrant aroma with floral tones from roses, honeysuckle,  orange blossom, and jasmine.  Hints of vanilla and caramel can sometimes be detected with the floral tones. Moscato is available in red, pink,  white, and sparkling.

Moscato wines pair extremely well with turkey, duck, goose, chicken, pork, shrimp, crab, lobster, swordfish, cod, and halibut.  Moscato also pairs well with pizza, Mexican, Thai, and Chinese  dishes.  Even non wine drinkers have been tempted to chug a chilled glass of moscato as easily as soda.

Moscato wines are made from the Muscat family of grapes.  There are over  two hundred varieties of muscat grapes.  Muscat grape varieties grow all over the world.  So, it is easy to find a wide variety of vineyards that produce moscato wine.

Some of the best moscato wines in the world are not expensive and are sure to fit most holiday budgets.  For example,  Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato can be found for around $10.00 for a 750ml bottle.  You can find regular Barefoot Pink and Red Moscato wine for as little as $6.00 for a 750ml bottle.   I’ve even found it as inexpensive as $5.00 a bottle on sale, sometimes.

Other exceptional inexpensive moscato wine offerings include  Sutters Home,  Yellow Tail, and Gallo Family Vineyards, and Beringer.

Slightly more expensive offerings at around $15.00 a bottle are available from  Lulu B,  De Bortoli Emeri,   Salt of the Earth, MYX, Girl Go Lightly, and Bella Bellina offer more sophisticated label designs and chic appearance.

A bottle of wine  placed in an inexpensive gift bag with some tissue paper makes a wonderful, inexpensive gift for a yankee swap or office gift exchange.   The same also makes a perfect low budget hostess gift for those holiday parties.

Stores such as the Dollar Tree and 99 cent stores  offer wine glasses for a dollar or less each as well as gift bags, ribbons, and baskets.   Place a bottle of wine in a gift basket with two wine glasses or two bottles of wine with four glasses. If your budget allows, you can add things like a bottle opener, cheese ,and crackers to the basket.. Simply tie with a bow, add a gift tag, and you have a wonderful gift perfect for clergy, your boss, and the neighbors.

Wine gifts, featuring moscato, can go from simple and inexpensive to over the top wow easily depending on your budget.  Just change the amount of wine.  A small single serve bottle placed inside a wine glass with a bow around the glass stem   on the low end  to  a case of wine  placed inside a wine rack .

Don’t have the time to put together your own wine gift ? No problem.  There are plenty of online stores that can provide one for you.  GiftTree.com.  WineCountry.com,  giftbasket.com.  Amazon.com. Wine.com. Gourmetgiftbaskets.com, are just a few names that come to mind.  These sites can also ship your gift of moscato wine to the recipient for you.

Remember to add yourself to your gift list, too.  Buy a few extra bottles to keep.   A chilled glass or two of moscato is great to sip while decorating for the holidays,  while preparing dinner, or just watching TV.


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