Wine of the Week - Pio Cesare Moscato d’Asti 2017

Pio Cesare Moscato d’Asti 2017

Vintage: 2017
Country: Italy
Appellation: Moscato d’Asti DOCG
Grape: Moscato Bianco

Text: Christopher Ng

If you ask me to recommend a slightly sweet sparkling wine, Pio Cesare Moscato d’Asti is definitely one of the best choices. It is made from 100% Moscato grapes, which shows aromas of honey and ripe fruit notes. The sweetness is balanced with  fresh acidity, and good to pair with the traditional deep-fried treats served in Chinese New Year, such as Sesame Balls, Cripsy Dumplings, and "Smiley" Cookie Balls. The freshness of the wine will cut through the greasy mouthfeel. 

Pio Cesare was established by Cesare Pio, the great-great-grandfather of the present owner, more than 135 years ago in 1881. It is one of the earliest wine producers in Piemonte, has been focusing on terroir and quality in winemaking until now. You could tell by this well-structured frizzante wine, with fruity notes and round body, both classic and traditional.


Christopher Ng is one of the most versatile writers in the Greater China, with published works in film, comic, 
fiction, interview, travel, wine and copywriting. He has worked as an executive editor in leading men’s magazines, 
and is a member of the Greater China Wine Critics Association, co-wrote “GCWCA Top 100 Wines 2013” and “Top 100 Wines”.