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From the land of chocolate and hazelnuts, come some exquisite sparkling wines that you can enjoy throughout the Holiday Season. Everyone knows Asti Spumante, but few know of its origin and wide variety. A recent trip to Piedmont in northwestern Italy, bordering France and Switzerland is the home of the Consortium for the protection of Typical Moscato d'Asti Spumante, and Asti Spumante wines. Its trademark is the patron Saint of Asti, Saint Secundus, shown on horseback, a symbol of the Consortium work to protect the name of the designation and prevent counterfeiting and to maintain control of the over all aspects of production from the field to the bottle. Obviously, the Consortium is doing its job because Moscasta d'Asti is a sparkling wine without parallel in terms of its distinctive tastes of ripe peaches and gentle aromas of orange blossoms and white flowers, its relatively low acidity and low alcohol content, which makes it perfect to drink almost any time of day and with a variety of foods, including savory, sweet and spicy.