05 Jan Understanding More About the Highly Underrated Lambrusco Sparkling Wine
The summer months are here and among other things, they mean cookouts and picnics with platters of grilled meats, veggies, and other treats. If you are a wine lover you also want to make sure that you are pairing all these foods with the right type of wine. While there are a number of wines that you can serve with red meats, Lambrusco, the unusual Italian sparkling red wine is the perfect accompaniment for a variety of BBQ and grilled foods. Not only is it light and flavourful, but it has an unmistakable zest that makes it the perfect pairing for a variety of foods.
Lambrusco is a delicious red wine that is light, low in alcohol content (about 11%) and has a sparkle. While the latter isn’t as pronounced as that of Franciacorta or Champagne, its fizz rises up beautifully when you pour the wine and then settles, leaving a very faint white ring of white around the glass’ edge. This wine is light and doesn’t have too much tannin content.
What makes Lambrusco special?
- It is a refreshing wine with a bouquet that ranges from floral overtones to more fruity ones. Its zesty on the palate has distinctive fruit flavours and a very clean finish.
- Because it has a certain acidity, it pairs well with foods containing mayonnaise or ones that are a little oily or buttery (potato salad, grilled sausages etc.).
- Lambrusco wine can be either sweet/dry (the main characteristics of these wines remain constant from one year to the next). If you aren’t too sure as to which one to buy, check the labels – Amabile indicates sweet while Secco indicates dry. If you want to be sure about the flavours, taste one bottle before purchasing several of them for your BBQ or dinner party.
This wine is produced in the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. More specifically, it’s grown in the region extending from Reggio Emilia, across through Modena, Bologna, and right up to Mantova. Lambrusco is available in a range of varietals and all of them are available in either dry or sweet; the main varieties include:
Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro
It’s produced in Modena, from the varietal named Grasparossa and has up to 15 percent of Uva d’Oro and a few other Lambrusco varietals. It’s got hues of violet in the red and an evanescent sparkle, with a distinctive fruity bouquet.
Lambrusco di Sorbara
This wine is also produced in the Modena province from 60 percent Sorbara & 40 percent Salamino grapes. The colour ranges from garnet to ruby red and it has an evanescent sparkle. Of all the Lambruschi, this wine is the most acidic, which means it pairs very well with fatty grilled meats of different kinds.
Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce
It’s a produce of the Modena province and is made from the Salamino varietal; it also has 15 percent of other varietals. The wine has a ruby red colour a fruit bouquet and an evanescent sparkle.
It’s made from Montericco, Salamino, Maestri and Marani, varietals and has up to 15 percent Ancellotta grapes. The wine’s colour ranges from lively red to light pink and it has a light body, pleasing bouquet and a long-lasting sparkle.
Aside from these, you can also try the Lambrusco Mantovano, Lambrusco Rosato, Tiziano (a Supertuscan). For any more information on how to box and transport wines or for custom wine cellar design and installation, you can call Signature Cellars on 1300 570 636 or use this contact form to get in touch with us. We’ll be pleased to assist you and provide custom solutions that match your requirements.
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