Lambrusco

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Lambrusco

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LAMBRUSCO GRAPES WINE IN 30 SECONDS​
  • Lambrusco is a black grape producing lightly sparkling rosé and red wine. Less commonly, Lambrusco is made in a white style.
  • It’s famous for being sweet but Lambrusco comes in dry and off-dry styles too.
  • Its home is Emilia-RomagnaLambrusco also grows in Lombardy.
  • The Lambrusco family encompasses a range of related varieties. 
  • The two most important Lambrusco gapes are Lambrusco Grasparossa and Labrusco di Sorbara.
  • Lambrusco displays red and black fruit and florals.
  • It has a light to medium body, medium tannins, and medium to high acidity.
  • It typically has 10–11.5% abv.
  • It appears in around 10 DOCs.
FUN FACTS
  • Lambrusco is one of Italy’s oldest grape families.
  • These grapes cover the entire surface of Emilia Romagna and a smaller surface in the province of Mantua (Emilia). This large territory includes a few different DOCs, each of which produces a slightly different style of Lambrusco.
  • There are around 60 types of different Lambrusco grapes. The most important among them are Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco Salamino and Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro.
  • Lambrusco has its own celebration day on June 21st

What is Lambrusco?

Lambrusco is a frizzante wine made in the Emilia-Romagna region. It has a reputation for being very food-friendly and excellent value.

What category of wine does Lambrusco belong too?

Lambrusco has a reputation for industrial-scale production of sweet (amabile), easy-drinking, and even uninteresting frizzante wines. This isn’t entirely fair because there are some very fine examples of Lambrusco made with the same care that goes into any fine wine.
 
 
Lambrusco covers a family of closely-related grapes from Emilia-Romagna, specifically: Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco Grasparossa (di Castelvetro), Lambrusco Maestri, Lambrusco Marani, Lambrusco Salamino, and Lambrusco Viadanese (aka Lambrusco Mantovano).
 
 
This grape mostly grows in Emilia-Romagna but also appears in Lombardy and Puglia.

Is Lambrusco a sweet wine?

Lambrusco ranges from light to full-bodied and displays red and black fruitviolet, and sometimes bubble gum. Aromas and flavors depend on the specific Lambrusco grape and its vinification.
 
For example, Lambrusco di Sorbara is light-bodied with violet, red currant, strawberry, and plenty of acidity. At the other end of the spectrum, Lambrusco Grasparossa (di Castelvetro) is full-bodied and tannic with black cherryplum, and notes of almond. It’s a good idea to serve Lambrusco slightly chilled to enjoy its flavors fully.

 

Is Lambrusco considered a red wine?

Lambrusco is a rosé or red frizzante (lightly sparkling) wine. It’s made in dry, off-dry, and sweet styles.  Occasionally it’s made in a white style.
 
 

What do you pair with Lambrusco?

Lam With such a wide range of Lambrusco grapes, food pairing possibilities are broad. The adage “what grows together, goes together” suits Lambrusco perfectly. Emilia-Romagna is the region of Modena balsamic vinegar, Bolognese sauce, Parmesan-Reggiano cheese, and Lambrusco matches all of these to a T. Its high acidity also makes it ideal for pairing with fatty foods.
 
 
To get a good snapshot of what good Lambrusco food pairing looks like, let’s home in on the two most important grapes and styles; Lambrusco Grasparossa and Lambrusco di Sorbara. 

 

Lambrusco Grasparossa Food Pairing

 
Lambrusco Grasparossa creates deep, concentrated, bold wines that display plenty of dark fruit. It has firm tannins and is usually dry. Food pairing suggestions include Prosciutto di Parma, Italian-style sasauges with fennel, sausage pizza, and lasagna. You could also enjoy it with Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano, as long as they are not aged for more than 24 months.

 

Lambrusco di Sorbara Food Pairing

Lambrusco di Sorbara is light rose in color with red cherry, strawberry, and floral aromas like violet or orange blossom. Try it with spicy roasted potato skins, oysters, grilled tuna or lamb kebab-

What region does Lambrusco come from?

Emilia-Romagna dominates Lambrusco production. It also grows in Puglia and Lombardy.
 
Well-known appellations include: Casteller DOC, Colli di Parma DOC, Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa DOC, Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC, Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC, Lambrusco Mantovano DOC, Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce DOC, Modena DOC, Reggiano DOC, Trentino DOC, Valdadige / Etschtaler DOC, Valdadige Terradeiforti / Terradeiforti DOC.
  

Where does Lambrusco come from?

The Lambrusco cultivar has its roots in the ancient Roman era. Owing to how easily it grows and its robustness, armies and travelers took Lambrusco with them in their travels. Lambrusco is even referred to in the work of Roman philosopher, Pliny the Elder and poet Virgil. 
 
 
While it has a reputation for making sweet, mass-produced wines, Lambrusco is experiencing something of a renaissance. Today vintners are polishing their winemaking methods and producing drier, savory styles of this great value wine.

How is Lambrusco made?

Emilia-Romagna dominates Lambrusco production. It also grows in Puglia and Lombardy.
 
Well-known appellations include: Casteller DOC, Colli di Parma DOC, Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa DOC, Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC, Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC, Lambrusco Mantovano DOC, Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce DOC, Modena DOC, Reggiano DOC, Trentino DOC, Valdadige / Etschtaler DOC, Valdadige Terradeiforti / Terradeiforti DOC.
 

What is comparable to Lambrusco?

  • Colli Piacentini Bonarda Frizzante, Italy.
  • Gragnano, Italy.
  • Sparkling Shiraz, Australia.

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