Wine Wednesday: Set the Mood with Moscato d'Asti this Valentine's Day


For Wine Wednesday this week, it’s all about the best wine for Valentine’s Day.

I have to be honest: I really don’t embrace Valentine’s Day. My view is that when you’re in a relationship, you owe it to the person you love to show them every day why you’re the lucky one. But regardless of my own preconceptions, I can still help to arm you with the best wine choices to ensure you have a successful celebration.

So what’s my top pick for a romantic libation? Moscato d’Asti — literally, the moscato grape from the Asti region of Piedmont, Italy.

Here’s why I Iove it:

  1. It has a taste profile that almost everyone can appreciate and understand. It presents a tiny bit of effervescence, making it bright, tingly and alive.
  2. A Moscato d’Asti usually has about 5.5% alcohol by volume. That’s just enough to lend you courage, but not enough to encourage bad decisions.
  3. There are amazing versions in basically every wine shop, which makes it very easy to find.

Think of a Moscato d’Asti as the Barry White of wine. It’s your favorite poet and the most romantic mix tape all steeped in one sexy bottle.

Here’s a fantastic variety available at almost every BC Liquor Store:

Batasiolo “Bosc dla Rei” Moscato d’Asti, $21.99


This wine evokes a sensation of happiness and desire. It provides the ambiance of a fireplace, a bearskin rug and a cabin in the mountains all in one. It’s both gentle and caressing, with a hint of apricot blossoms, white peach and a core of meadow flowers. Enjoy!

Featured image: Champagne glasses/Shutterstock

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Robert Stelmachuk Veni, Vidi, Vino: A graduate of the International Sommelier Guild, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and the former Director of Wine Education for the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, Robert Stelmachuk has amassed more than 25 years experience in Vancouver’s vibrant wine industry. He is the current General Manager and Wine Director at Cibo Trattoria and UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar and holds his advanced accreditation with the Court of Master Sommeliers, which he continues to pursue. A self-confessed (and obsessed!) œnophile, Robert can often be found researching the latest global wine trends, unearthing boutique and lesser-known labels and perpetuating The Wine Adventure.

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