I don't know about you, but I'm ready to get to the wine drinking portion of this blog. Now, I've never been a snow lover, and I really really dislike the winter time. Honestly, I blame NYC for that. Blizzards in April just aren't my thing. So in the spirit of this lovely snow storm that is currently barreling up the east coast and the fact that I've made a conscious decision to just decide Spring has arrived...we're going to drink some Lambrusco. If you like sparkling wine and you appreciate a slightly chilled, 'frothy' if you will, glass of red (shout out to both Hillary Crittendon and Emily Doyle), then I'm about to rock your world. Lambrusco is a sparkling red wine from the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. It is high in acidity and relatively low in alcohol (most around 11% ABV) with lots of ripe fruit flavors making it a great option for an easy drinking early afternoon glass of bubbly...if you're into that kind of thing. Lambrusco is a very approachable and friendly wine (yep, I heard what I just said, Lambrusco is my friend). What I mean by that is it's not pretentious. It can be served in a tumbler, in a white wine glass...put it in a fancy flute if you so desire. It can also be paired with a wide variety of foods or consumed on its own. Lambrusco wines range in levels of dryness and sweetness. Secco will be bone dry, amabile will be off dry/sweet and dolce will be very sweet. I'm partial to the secco style of this wine. The other interesting thing about Lambrusco is that it is made using the same Charmat method of making Prosecco.
I would drink dry Lambrusco on its own but if you're looking for food pairings I would drink this with any kind of pizza or a lighter pasta dish. It would also go well with grilled chicken, grilled pork, some sort of meatball or a burger. Lastly I think it would be a great compliment cured meats such as prosciutto or salami, as well as a creamy Taleggio cheese or a harder Parmigiano.
Where to drink
Secco Wine Bar - 2012 PEDERZANA LAMBRUSCO SECCO ‘GIBE’ - $8/glass. (I had the pleasure of tasting this Saturday night and liked it so much I went back on Sunday for more. Pair it with their pork and pistachio meatballs or the local Calabrese spicy sausage).
J. Emerson - Lambrusco Dell'Emilia (secco) - $15.95
Barrel Thief - PuianellO Primabolla Labrusco D.O.C. (amabile) - $11.99
*If none of these are available to you, go to your local wine store and ask for your preference (secco, amabile or dolce) of Lambrusco. You should not have to spend more than $15/$16 for a good bottle.
Try this if you like
If we're talking dry Lambrusco, I would recommend this to Champagne and Cava lovers as well as Beaujolais lovers as it carries similar flavor characteristics of Beaujolais (young, ripe, fruit forward, acidic). I would recommend the off dry/sweet Lambruscos to Prosecco lovers or as a substitute for dessert wine.
Slightly chilled (49°F-54°F) in either a tumbler or a white wine glass.
Cheers and Happy National Drink Wine Day!