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.