So the world of wine has changed, people are throwing the doors open and washing away all their preconceived notions about what makes wine good. Right? Well then it must be time to introduce Lambrusco, yet again.
Lambrusco, for those who are not familiar with it, is a wine made from a specific family of grapes. That’s right, Lambrusco grapes. Now these grapes are absolutely delightful, grapey and fresh, so what could be better than serving them up with a little bit of sparkle and a hint of sweetness?
Typically Lambrusco is paired with Salumi and Prosciutto. It’s a great wine to bring along for a picnic in the Park on Sunday, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Lambrusco is just right for Thanksgiving! It’s Festive, check. It’s got a little sweetness to go with the sweeter dishes of the Holiday table (or not), check. And best of all, even the best bottles are affordable, check.
What to expect: LambruscoLambrusco may be more famous as a wine style - slightly fizzy and slightly sweet - but it is also a grape, or more correctly, a family of grapes. The wines produced from Lambrusco tend to be quite fruity, with dark strawberry and cherry tones and a slight bitterness. They frequently have just a touch of tannin and bright acidity contributing to a round, fleshy mouthfeel.
Great Lambrusco can be Fruity and SeriousMedici Ermete Reggiano Solo Reggiano
Typically grapey on the nose with a touch of earth and spice. This enters the mouth with a sweet burst of blackberry and black cherry fruit that is supported by zesty acidity and just a hint of tannin. It's light, fresh and easy to like.
Lambrusco Vigneto Enrico Cialdini
This has a touch of violet on the nose with rich, fresh, sour cherry and black raspberry fruit. In the mouth it's got a whisper of sweetness, but is bursting with red plum and black raspberry fruit that is just a touch astringent and bitter, balancing the sweetness perfectly.