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Riesling vs Moscato: The Best Sweet Wine for Newbies

If you’ve ever perused the wine section at a store, there’s no doubt that you’ve seen bottles of Riesling and Moscato. But what makes them unique? Besides their interesting labels, there’s more you should know before you pop open the bottle (or twist off that cap). For an easy introduction into the world of wine, picking a sweet wine is the most common route. Riesling and Moscato are two of the sweetest, but how can you distinguish them?


The German nobility loved Riesling, so if you’re looking for another way to honor German drinking besides Oktoberfest, look no further. Part of the reason why this wine was so popular among them was due to its aging factors. This is a great wine to store for years because of its high levels of acidity. Riesling is usually made with peach, honey, citrus, apple, and pear flavors. It is a little less sweet than Moscato. And while it can be a sweet wine, it can also be dry, depending on which part of the world the grapes were grown. So when it comes to taking the step from sweet to dry wines, Riesling might be a top choice for you.


Moscato is the sweetest type of popular wine on the shelves, making it a good option for people who aren’t yet accustomed to dry wines. Like Riesling, it is usually made with peach, honey, and citrus flavors. But you'll also find a lot of other tropical fruit, too. Originally a dessert wine, Moscato is easy to drink because of its low alcohol and high sugar content. It’s a great starter wine to ease you into becoming a wine lover. And its popularity is only increasing, so next time you need a bottle of wine (or two) for a party, Moscato would be a safe bet.

The Verdict

If you’re looking for something easy to sip with floral aromas, Riesling and Moscato are two excellent choices. You’ll likely find that both of these types have a crisp and refreshing taste. So it shouldn't surprise you that they can be downright delicious. You don’t need to break out your “Wine Connoisseur Guide” to enjoy them. But they can get more complex if you do want to dive deeper into their makeup. No matter what time of year or occasion, these two wines are bound to be a hit. Here are some top choices to get you started:


  • Kung Fu Girl
  • Seven Hills
  • Firestone


  • Innocent Bystander
  • Cupcake Moscato d’Asti
  • La Bioca
How about a sweet wine for your next get-together? At Wachusett Wine & Spirits, our wine selection is always expanding. Not only that, but we have a knowledgeable staff to help you find exactly what you want. Stop by, say hi, and get that wine you’ve been wanting!
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