Moscato d’Asti is a sweet, lightly sparkling, low-alcohol wine from Piedmont, northwestern Italy. The Asti DOC was established in 1967 and was promoted to DOCG status in 1993, although winemaking here predates the modern legislation by centuries.
There are differents types: Asti Spumante (more commonly called Asti) and Moscato d’Asti are two interpretations that enhance the aromatic character of Moscato with two different vinification processes.
Asti Spumante DOCG is a complete sparkling wine: its internal pressure reaches 4-5 bar and the alcohol is between 6% and 9%. It is less sweet than Moscato d’Asti, since the post-fermentation sugar residue is lower.
Moscato d’Asti DOCG is a sparkling wine, with a lower quantity of dissolved carbon dioxide: its pressure does not exceed 2.5 bar. Its pleasant sweetness is obtained by blocking the fermentation process; in this way the developed alcohol remains between 5% and 6%.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.