Annalisa Sparkling Moscato is a soft, delicate wine that works well to appeal to a large number of people.
It is labeled as “spumante,” which simply means that it is a sparkling wine in Italian wine-jargon. Most wines labeled as spumante tend to be produced in an off-dry or sweeter style, and this bottle is no exception.
Annalisa Sparkling Moscato Review
I have never been able to dig up much on the actual vineyards or producers of this label, unfortunately, so I cannot say too much about that.
What I can tell you is that I have had this wine several times over the last four or so years, and it delivers the same flavor profile and structure consistently, so if you like this style and are looking for a bottle that you can readily rely on, this may be the Moscato for you!
Annalisa Sparkling Moscato Summary
- Brand: Annalisa
- Country: Italy
- Region: Across Northern Italy
- Wine Type: Sparkling Wine / Dessert Wine
- Varietal: Muscat
- ABV: 7%
This is a particularly fun Moscato as far as appearance goes. While it is not uncommon for Moscato to have a bit of an effervescence going on, this one has more carbonation than usual.
It features plentiful bubbles in the glass, is a golden crystal color, and is sure to catch an eye or two at any get-together!
Partly due to the low alcohol by volume, the nose on this one is slightly muted. There are faint notes of delicate peach, apples, and vague citrus fruit that I could not quite put my finger on.
The wine is sweet but in more of a pleasant, refreshing way than in a “who put a spoonful of sugar in my wine glass” sort of way.
The flavor is almost as soft as the nose and has notes of juicy red apples, fresh peaches, and pears throughout.
There is a bit of a honeyed taste, but the high amount of carbonation helps to cleanse the palate and keep it from being too heavy or too cloying.
The mouthfeel is lively, and the finish is incredibly short. I found this to be for the best.
While pleasant as a porch-sipping bottle in hot weather, I can’t say that I would want this wine to sit in my mouth for more than a moment after each sip.
What does Annalisa Sparkling Moscato pair with?
The obvious solution is just to drink this by itself. It is mellow, easy, and quaffable and really doesn’t need food to do what it does well.
That said, the next go-to option would be slightly sweeter foods. Milk chocolate bars, tiramisu, and flan will all go very well with this bottle. They help bring out different subtleties in the wine.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, I thoroughly enjoy lightly sweet wines such as this with spicier foods. The sugar helps mellow out the heat and can make for a fun pairing.
I wouldn’t go overboard with buffalo wings or curry, as they will definitely overpower the wine. Think more along the lines of lightly spicy Thai food.
What wines are similar to Annalisa Sparkling Moscato?
Honestly, with the exception of particularly well-made or particularly poorly made bottlings, I find that most Moscato (with the exception of flavored ones, of course) tastes incredibly similar.
In short, try other Moscato wines. I particularly recommend looking for options from Asti (conveniently labeled as “Moscato d’Asti”), as they tend to produce some of the best and most popular bottles in that region.
I will be absolutely honest and say that this is not my preferred style of wine. I am not one for sweets as it is, and this wine feels somewhat one-dimensional compared to what I like.
That said, there is something to be said for the simplicity and ease of drinking here, and I do not dislike it by any means. I wholeheartedly recommend it to fans of Moscato.