Thursday, January 29, 2009

Day 14- Gancia Asti for under $10.00 at Binny's Beverage Depot

I want to start out today's blog with a sad note. The WineStyles of Des Plaines owned by Mark and worked by Jim and Lindsey is closing at the end of next week. I have been going to WineStyles since they opened only taking a break for the 9 months I was pregnant. Going there on Thursdays for the wine tasting was our date of the week. The atmosphere was always very festive and friendly with choice cheeses and crackers and wonderful wines. Winestyles was my favorite tasting locale, it was the Cheers of wine, and I won't forget the times I had there and the wonderful people I met there. I wish Mark the best in his future endeavors and I hope he will keep me on the email list if he decides to open another wine shop. Jim, our fellow sweet wine drinker, I hope you will keep in touch and I see you around at other tastings in the area. Lindsey, good luck in your wedding and upcoming marriage.
In order to understand about this wine you need to understand Asti. Asti is a region of Piedmont, Italy known for their sweet sparkiling wines made from Moscato grapes. Basically speaking all wines labeled Moscato di Asti or Asti are sweet sparkling wines. Sorocco, the first Moscato di Asti we ever bought was the springboard for me and better half in the wines from the Asti region and sweet wines. This wine, like all Moscato di Asti's taste better well chilled. This wine is a sparkling wine, but not very sparkling or bubbly, it is sweet and would do well as your every day moscato di asti since the price is right and it is not overly sweet like some moscato di asti. My sister complains that moscato di asti's taste like juice and there is that point that these wines taste more sweet than alcoholic. This wine is only 7.5% alcohol which is only slightly higher than beer and/or a wine cooler. This is a good wine for celebrations, New Years Eve if you need to buy in bulk, however, tonight I would say this wine does not match my mood at all. I am sad that my Thursday nights will now be empty and that I will not be seeing some very friendly people who loved wine like I do on a weekly basis.

1 comment:

  1. To put it mildly it "blows" that we won't be seeing our friends at Winestyles. Our Thursday outings there were truly wonderful. The people and the knowledge they shared was extremely enlightening. As my user name proclaims, the first Muscato D' Asti was my favorite, (when the wine specialist at Binny's said that it was the one they suggest). Yes, Sorocco is the best. A little cheaper and not as good would be the Gancia Asti. There are many of these types of wines in the 10-15 dollar range, and this one is certainly easy to drink. We usually take an hour or two to drink a bottle of wine at home but the sweet smooth taste of the Asti meant that this bottle was gone much faster, (ok, it's juice with an "ever so slight" kick).