Lambrusco

Name of varietal: Lambrusco

Common synonyms: Salamino (refers to the bunch form)
 
Parentage of the grape: indigenous to Emilia-Romagna, Italy
 
History of the grape: There is evidence that the ancient Romans were drinking wines made from Lambrusco, a grape that was strewn about the hillsides like dandelions (its translation is “wild vines”). In Italy, for many centuries, the wine has been produced in various forms from dry to sweet, but usually some level of sparkling from frizzante to full on bubbles. It is made most often in the Charmat method, which means the secondary fermentation takes place in pressurized tanks, not in the bottle as in the champenoise method. It is sometimes blended with Ancellotta to add more intense color and body. By the mid 1970s, much of the Lambrusco that was imported was young, sweet and cheap, and this unfortunately gave it a terrible reputation for decades. However, more recently, excellent quality Lambruscos have been widely available, Read more »

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