Move over #RoseAllDay, we are ready for some Lambrusco! Let us reintroduce you to our favorite fizzy red wine and welcome you to come to try our selection at Mulino Italian Kitchen and Bar soon.
What is Lambrusco?
Lambrusco is a frothy, refreshing, bubbly, Italian red wine that is made from grapes by the same name. It hails from northern Italy and is one of their most prized gastronomic treasures – unfortunately, it got a bad name during the 1970s. The good news is, it is no longer being defined by the cola-like Riunite that it was in those days. Now, conscientious producers are lowering yields and using traditional winemaking methods to produce drier and more complex styles of Lambrusco that we have come to love.
Lambrusco wines come from the Emilia-Romagna region in the center north of Italy. The Lambrusco family of grapes is native to this region, where they have been growing since pre-Roman times.
Why We Love Lambrusco
Just like Champagne, there are several distinct styles of Lambrusco that can be dry, semi-sweet, and extremely sweet, making it a drink that everyone can enjoy all year long. Don’t believe us? There are over 60 related varieties of the Lambrusco grape! Most Lambrusco wines are made from a blend of various Lambrusco grapes.
How Does Lambrusco Taste?
Flavors of Lambrusco are based on the grape varieties used and the quality level of the wine. Common tasting notes include:
- Red and Black Cherry
- Dried herbs
- Iron-Like Minerality
How to Enjoy It
Don’t worry about aging Lambrusco. It is best to serve it fresh and chilled. Lambrusco pairs extremely well with all types of food. Dry styles are great with our Tagliere which features Proscuitto, Salame, Coppa, Taleggio, Caciocavallo, Fior Sardo, and Cured Olives. Full-bodied, dry Lambruscos have enough tannin to drink with meaty dishes such as our Agnello or Slow Braised Lamb Shank. We also recommend ordering a bottle to go with our wood-fired pizzas. Sweeter Lambruscos can help tame spicy food and are also nice with desserts.
We look forward to enjoying this summertime wine with you soon!