Superlatives are always suspect. If you want to be credible you should scrupulously avoid them, but I am going to use them anyway now. This is the most exhilarating and deliciously fresh sorbet I know. What makes it so is the felicity with which the ingredients act upon each other. The Granny
If you have all the choices in the world, the wine you would use would be the low-alcohol Moscato Naturale d’Asti, a shyly sweet muscat from Piedmont. Only slightly less desirable, but far more available, is Asti Spumante, which you must beat lightly with a fork or a swizzle stick to drive away some of the bubbles. If you must look for something else, there are California moscatos and other sweet wines, as well as a number of similarly off-dry German wines. Do not use an intensely sweet wine in the late-harvest, Sauternes, or Beerenauslese category.
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