A Sweet White Wine Sold at Aldi for Only $3 a Bottle
When I first started to open my mind to the world of wine, a friend of mine suggested I try Moscato. I took her advice, bought a bottle, and immediately became hooked. Keep reading to find out about my favorite brand, Winking Owl Moscato.
What Exactly is Moscato?
The name Moscato is given to wine made from grapes in the muscat family. Moscato wine is typically sweet, medium-bodied with flavors of citrus. Moscato d’Asti is the most well-known type of Moscato. Slightly bubbly, Moscato d’Asti typically tastes very sweet and has a relatively low alcohol content.
I prefer the non-sparkling version of Moscato, with the same great taste but without the bubbly. It’s smooth and refreshing, and the perfect wine for those who are just learning to appreciate the vino.
I’ve tried pretty much every cheap brand of Moscato that I could get my hands on, and I have to say Winking Owl Wine has everyone else beat, hands down. Not only does it taste amazing, it only costs me around $3 a bottle!
Winking Owl Moscato
From talking to friends, browsing the internet, and being a member of several Aldi-themed facebook groups, it’s clear that Moscato is the most popular of the Winking Owl Wine selection.
If someone asks for a recommendation, the Moscato is sure to be the most talked about. If you are just starting to learn about wine, definitely start with the Moscato. You won’t regret it.
Now, there will be people who tell you that Winking Owl Wine tastes horrible, or isn’t “sophisticated” enough. However, since wine is such a personal thing to me, I don’t really care whether wine snobs agree with my taste or not.
Winking Owl haters can spend more money if that’s what makes them happy. To each their own! But for $3, what do you have to lose by trying it out?
Who Makes Winking Owl Wine?
Although Winking Owl Wine is sold by Aldi, it isn’t a German imported wine. From doing some internet investigation, I’ve found several sources that site the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau as listing Gallo as the producers of Winking Owl Wine.
I also happen to love the Gallo Family wine selections, so this makes perfect sense to me!
Winking Owl Moscato Alcohol Content
You might hear some people say they don’t care about the alcohol content in their wine, because “it’s all about the flavor”. Yeah… that’s not me. Don’t get me wrong, I drink it for the flavor too, but I like to know I’m going to feel nice and relaxed after a glass or two.
That being said, Winking Owl Moscato’s alcohol content comes in at 8% abv (alcohol by volume). Not bad at all for a sweet wine.
Most sweet wines I look at tend to hover right around 6% abv. My preference is at least 10%, but with Winking Owl I tend to be less picky.
What to Pair With Winking Owl Moscato
One of my favorite things about Winking Owl Moscato is that I can really drink it at any time. I can enjoy Moscato with spicy dishes, a variety of cheeses, and so many desserts.
Here are just a few ideas if you’re looking for food pairings for your next dinner party, or just treating yourself to a night in with delicious food and drinks.
- Cucumbers with Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese
- Ritz Crackers with Prosciutto and Ricotta
- Jalapeno Poppers
- Caprese Skewers
- Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese Pastry Puffs
- Shrimp Scampi
- Lo Mein
- Kimchi Jjigae
- Chile Relleno
- Fish Tacos
- Apple Pie
- Cheese Platter (Sharp White Cheddar, Mozzarella, Smoked Gouda, Pepper Jack)
- Key Lime Pie
- Fruit Salad
- Banana Pudding
- I could keep going… you get the picture