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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  • It's salty and fatty, and with whiz one would expect. Something with a bit ... ... real answer of course is Lambrusco, and drinking foaming pink wine out of plastic cups seems eminently appropriat Read More

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  • Packing my bags for the East Coast this week. First stop, and what I'm asking for help with is something to pair with Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. What I'm thinking starts with an S but there must be other things I'm not thinking of.Also just found out one of my wife's relatives just passed her level one Somm course. What should I bring to tr... Read More

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  • Riunite Lambrusco Emilia IGT Vivante


    I like it cold from the refrigerator when it is over 100 degrees here in Arizona! Read More

    Wine review by Cavaliergirl

  • You know what I miss? I miss cheesy commercials on wine on TV. For whatever ... ... to help put sparkling Lambrusco on our tables. We knew what wine to keep in the fridge for visiting rock stars. And we even had Orson freaking Welles to help us choose the finest tipples. We knew we could trust him because from the looks of it he certainly pra... Read More

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  • Fiorini Lambrusco Grasparossa Terre Al Sole 2012


    I had this at a lovely place called Anchovies & Olives on Saturday- I have bad ... ... with anything called Lambrusco, and was surprised to see it on the menu of a nicer restaurant with an excellent wine list, so I went for it, and WOW! I've never had a red wine like this, and it was so pleasant- very amicable, but still complex with a really... Read More

    Wine review by amphibia

  • Cella Lambrusco 2004


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    Wine review by tireoftrying

  • I wouldn't go for a sparkling red if you have a general audience with a lot ... really wine drinkers. I love lambrusco but I think it might be a turn off for som Read More

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  • Lambrusco or sweet wines/sparklers is a different story. You can stop fermentation at a certain alc level and have a sweet wine but my answer was for a dry wine. Read More

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  • Lambrusco pops into my head. Light, semi sweet and bubbly; it's also widely available. Read More

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  • Hi, does anyone out there know of low alcohol (7-12% ABV) red wines? Any you recommend?  Read More

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