Guilty Pleasures… Moscato d’Asti and Vacuum Fried Pineapple. What?!

OK, I officially have found a new obsession.  Trader Joe’s Vacuum Fried Pineapple.  I mean, what could be bad about that right?  It’s pineapple, AND it’s fried.  Like a sweet potato chip.  Very crunchy and sweet, but with a generous acidity.  Also, the vacuum frying process must caramelize some of the sugars because there is a beautiful undertone of brown sugar and caramel as well.  Plus a hint of palm oil- not greasy, but definitely richer than the usual piece of dried fruit.  Delicious!

On a completely separate note, another awesome wine geek gave me an interesting article today about how Americans are buying more Moscato than ever before- domestic, USA Moscato.  Not that CA especially doesn’t have a great history of growing Moscato grapes- it certainly does.  However the Italian Wine Geek in me did wish more people knew about Italian Moscato, especially from Asti in Piemonte.  I had this rolling around in my head tonight when I went into the fridge and saw the open bottle of Moscato d’Asti from Saracco sitting there… put this together with the pineapple chips I also had on hand… a new taste sensation!

The Saracco Moscato has this sharp, metallic nose, paired with the more obvious aromatics of a Moscato.  Apart from the sweetness of the wine, there’s a nice, bright acidity too- making it the perfect foil for the crunchy sweet/ sour pineapple chips.  The combination could probably benefit from some kind of sharp salty cheese as well- possibly a young Pecorino?  If this sounds like a strange combination, check out this weird and esoteric combo here at

No, Mugsy, you can’t have any Moscato- but maybe I’ll sneak you a pineapple chip.  Or two.