Sara Bee Moscato | Kosher Moscato Wine – Trader Joe’s Wine
I have received quite a few e-mails for Kosher wine recommendations lately, so I will make an effort to include a few more Kosher wine reviews when possible. Taking into consideration the surging popularity of Moscato wine at the moment, I thought it might make sense to try out an affordable Kosher Moscato wine option. Meeting both requirements is the Sara Bee Moscato, economically priced at just under $6 in the Trader Joe’s Wine Section.
At 5.5% ABV, I fully expect that the Sara Bee Moscato will fall on the sweeter side of the spectrum (during fermentation, yeasts convert alcohol to sugar, so a higher alcohol rating translates to lower sugar levels). While sweet wines aren’t exactly my cup of tea, my goal is to help readers determine if this is indeed a Moscato Kosher wine bargain or one to avoid altogether.
As evidenced in my recent Guide to Moscato Wine article some Moscato wines are certainly better made than others – check it out here!
Appearance: Pours a light golden-yellow
Nose: The perfumed and floral nose reveals aromas of sweet elderflower, pear and lychee underscored by a honey-lime citrus.
On the palate: The Sara Bee Moscato boasts an effusive, rich profile bursting with character. Despite being quite sweet, the sweetness seems to originate from the richness of the fruit versus a sugary-sweetness. Flavors of pear and exotic lychee are well-balanced by elderflower and an undercurrent of lime-citrus in a lightly-sparkling style. Very harmonious and surprisingly well-made.
Varietal Composition: Moscato
Origin: Puglia, Italy
Value Rating: 5 / 5
Calories per 5 oz glass: 107
Where to get it: The Trader Joe’s Wine Section
Should you buy? If you’re looking for a sweet wine, the Sara Bee Moscato offers a compelling combination of harmonious complexity and excellent value – and it’s Kosher! This is sweet wine at a sweet price.
Value Proposition | Sara Bee Moscato – Trader Joe’s Wine
Ringing in at only 5.5% ABV, I was expecting the Sara Bee Moscato to stumble across my palate with the kind of aggressive, overwhelming sweetness exhibited by the Barefoot Moscato and Bartenura Moscato – yet that wasn’t the case at all.
Instead, this Trader Joe’s exclusive pleasantly surprised me with complex floral nuances and rich fruit brought to life by a zesty effervescence. The Sara Bee Moscato is an excellent value at under $6, and a great option for those looking for a Kosher option in the sweet wine category.
FYI, Italians call the fine, light bubbles “frizzante”.
I love “Bigarò” by Elio Perrone; it’s a 50-50 blend of Moscato d’Asti and Brachetto d’Acqui. It’s perfect as an apéritif or light dessert wine. The typical non-drinker will enjoy it, and might not notice the 5% ABV level. If you take a 1-oz sip and vigorously slosh it around your mouth, it foams up and feels weightless on your tongue. It reminds me of cream soda, but with exotic lychee, white peach, and red fruit flavors.
Sounds like a tasty wine! I actually had the pleasure of tasting a still Brachetto recently while dining at Masseria in Washington, DC. It was thoroughly interesting and a rare treat as this varietal is almost always produced in the frizzante style you mention.
Sara Bee Moscato is the best tasting wine in my book especially if you like your wine to be sweet. Unfortunately I live in KY and the only store that carries it is Trader Joe’s and they have been completely out of it. I need to know where to go to get a case
I recommend asking the store if they can order more for you. Sometimes they will accommodate such requests, and it never hurts to ask. Thanks for checking out my Trader Joes Wine post!