A Riverdance on the tongue

2013 Moscato d’Asti, GD Vajra, Piemonte, Italy (about £14.99, Whole Foods Market, 020-7368 4500; Noel Young Wines, 01223-566744; Grape & Grind, 0117-924 8718; Wine Utopia, 01962-706666; PM Wine Cellars, 01823-336170; DeFINE Food & Wine, 01606-882101; Wine Direct, 01323-441991; Eclectic Tastes, 01382-848871).

There are a handful of inexpensive Moscatos on the supermarket shelves and they all do a basic job pretty well. My favourite, artisan version is 2013 Moscato d’Asti, Nivole, Chiarlo, (£7.09, half bottle, Booths Supermarkets) – a classy offering, but still basically a fizzy, sweet, grapey, soda-siphon-style creation.

I went to a Piemonte tasting the other day in order to get knee deep in 2010 Barolo and when I reached the Vajra table I was, of course, in heaven. In fact, I will be releasing my first, in-depth Piemonte report on my website in the autumn, but it wasn’t a mighty nebbiolo which took my breath away.

I had no idea that Moscato d’Asti could taste so angelic. I implore you to track down a bottle – it was like Tinkerbell and her pals did their very own version of the Riverdance on my tongue.

• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).

Merryn

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