in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day ninety-six (Beringer Moscato 2009 vs. Tintero Sori Gramella Moscato d’Asti 2010)

Today I had an early dinner at an Italian restaurant with my family, where I decided to have a white wine. Oh my. And then I decided to have Moscato. They had Beringer Moscato, but I’m not sure what year. It was pretty ok. It was kinda like pear syrup, though not as thick. It was alright. I wonder why they had an American Moscato in an Italian restaurant. Anyway, it’s too hot for red wine, unless you chill it, as I’ve been doing. But that doesn’t seem to treat the wine very well. So tonight its the battle of the Moscatos.

Beringer California Collection Moscato 2009


Tintero Sori Gramella Moscato d’Asti 2010

Moscato vs. Moscato

More importantly, it’s the battle of the States versus Italy. Both country’s reputations are on the line.

And now it’s time to let the battle begin.

All right guys. Clink glasses and come out drinking.

They both come out fighting and showing their colors. The Beringer pours like any old white, but the Tintero pours out like it’s a champagne. It’s all bubbly, but it settles quick. The colors are almost identical, and I probably couldn’t tell them apart except the Tintero has bubbles riding up the side of the glass. Both colors are light pear. And both have the same meniscus.

Ding ding.

The first round is over. The girlfriend scores it 10-10, and I score 10-9. I’m giving advantage solely for the presentation of bubbles. So Tintero wins this round.

Round Two: The Nose

Round Nose

It’s time for the noses. The Beringer smells of pears and lemons with a hint of lemongrass. The Tintero smells oaky, smoky, peachy, and grapefruity. The Tintero smells crisper.

For the Beringer, my girlfriend gets grapefruit, pineapple, and seltzer water. Mainly seltzer and grapefruit. It smells cheap. For the Tintero, the girlfriend gets pear, peach, and light beer.

Ding ding.

The girlfriend scores the second round 8-4 in favor of the Tintero. I score it much close, and I score it 9-8. I like the crispness. Tintero wins for both of us.

Round Three. The Tasting.

Round Drink

The Beringer is very syrupy, which is something I don’t like in white wine. I want crisp and sharp. It tastes like pear syrup from a can, which I enjoy a lot, and it has a hint of a peachy fizz at the end. I usually don’t like syrup, as I said, but I can’t stop sipping on this one. I’m kinda enjoying it.  The girlfriend gets lot of alcohol on the finish. She also gets peaches and pears.

The Tintero is fizzy and hard to pick out flavors. I think I get some pears and a hint of peach. I’m not liking the fizz. It’s distracting. I can feel it starting to create a headache in the back of my head. It’s also a bit bitter on the finish. The girlfriend likes this one. She gets lots of bubbly pears and peaches. To her, it’s a little watery, but syrupy on the finish.

Ding ding.

The girlfriend scores it 10-5 in favor of Tintero, and she’s probably correct. I like the Beringer better only because it has no bubbles. I know. I know. The Beringer is a desecration of the Moscato and syrup white wines should be avoided. But tonight, I’m leaning towards the Beringer. Not by much. The Tintero is obviously a better wine, but I’m not partial to bubbles. So I score it 7-6 for the Beringer. Objectively, it’s more like 9-6 in favor of the Tintero. Yeah, go figure that one out.

Ding ding ding. And that’s the end of the battle. Who wins?

The girlfriend scores 9-6 in favor of the Tintero and says it would go good with pears and cheese. I score it 7-6 in favor of the Beringer. Objective me who doesn’t mind bubbles scores it 9-6. I think both would be a good liquid to cook shrimp in.

So here’s the deal. Tintero is obviously the better Moscato. But if you don’t like bubbles and you like syrup, then Beringer is the way to go. The Tintero at Mahan’s Discount Liquor and Wine is $14, and the the Beringer is $6.

I think you have enough to determine which will best suit you.

By the way, six ounce glass of Moscato has about 145.2 calories. I will soon update the How Many Calories Are in a Glass of Wine post.//

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