Fortified wines such as Essensia demonstrate one way of vinifying Muscat. The best-known of these fortified Muscats are the vins doux naturels from the South of France, such as Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise. Like his southern French counterparts, Quady fortifies Essensia to about 15 percent alcohol, a process which kills the yeasts and arrests the fermentation process, leaving the ripe, grapy flavors intact. The result is a wine that’s rather high in alcohol but still retains its freshness. Aging three months in French oak adds another dimension to Essensia.

BUYER’S GUIDE


NIVOLE MOSCATO D’ASTI MICHELE CHIARLO 2001
Racy and Spritzy
Serve with peach or apricot cobbler.

BARWANG WINERY NV MUSCAT
Dark and Thick
Pour over vanilla ice cream.

QUADY 2000 ESSENSIA ORANGE MUSCAT
Lush and Juicy
Good with almond flavors and dark chocolate.