Last week we met Chris Morrison, brand ambassador for Jacob's Creek, with all his classic Australian charm, at a dinner he hosted for wine media at the fabulous Hurricane Club on Park Avenue South, NYC.
I've been a Jacob's Creek fan for a number of years, I especially enjoy their Rieslings. On this night we tasted some of their current red wines and were introduced to two very appealing new Moscato wines.
Chris is from Sydney, one of my favorite places in the world, and he is here in the US delivering what I thought was a very exciting message about Jacob's Creek wines in 2012. He is a very entertaining and knowledgeable guy with extensive experience in the food and wine world under his belt.
Hurricane Club is a Pan-Polynesian restaurant bar with a delicious menu and exotic drinks. Our dinner traveled through many asian dishes, a serious pig roast, and them some intriguing desserts.
The red wines were very good, we drank a Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauviginon of the Jacob's Creek Reserve selections. These are very credible full flavored wines that are sold in our region for a very attractive price, under $15. And while these wines are always getting better through constant attention to quality the real stars of the evening were the two Moscatos we tasted.
Moscato is growing in popularity exponentially, and this is the second time I have heard this fact in the last couple of weeks. The big growth it seems is among the huge generation called "millennials." who have been coming to wine drinking age over the last several years.
It seems they are inclined toward fruitier, sweeter, wines and Moscato fills that desire in abundance. I also love bright effervescent of these wines especially in the Spring and Summer.
This one a Moscato Rose is a nice stand alone sipper, well chilled or on the rocks. It has nice light bubbles with luscious berry fruit flavours. It also would work well with spicy seafood dishes, cerviche, or with a platter of mild cheese and fruits.
The Sparkling Moscato White is a little drier a little less fruity and would pair very nicely with shelfish, crab legs, lobster, raw oysters or clams. Crabcakes would be delightful as well.
Either one is a great party starter, but would also be exceptional with desserts.
In Italy Moscato is considered a dessert wine only, but I think these two from Jacob's Creek broadens Moscato's horizons.