For a long time, Lambrusco got a bad rep, and I just cannot figure out why! I absolutely love Lambrusco wine; it is the perfect Springtime bottle! This cold, sparkling red is the perfect way to transition into the warmer months!
Lambrusco originated in Emilia-Romagna, Italy and is available in dry, semi-sweet and sweet varieties; they are not all created equally, so if you grab a bottle and you are not crazy about, keep trying! Typically, lower quality bottles tend to be oversweet! Some of my favorite bottles come from the natural wine shops here in Houston, Heights Grocer and Light Year’s Wine. I have also had fantastic bottles at Nobie’s, Tiny Champions and Nancy’s Hustle!
Overall, Lambrusco is typically very fruit forward, think lots of berry and cherry! Lambrusco can range from light red, lighter-bodied, low tannin to full-bodied, dark red and is almost always perfectly bubbly!
Because Lambrusco tends to be acidic, it pairs very well with fatty foods, salami, prosciutto, mortadella and even pizza!
Served chilled around 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit in these glasses.
A good easy to find Lambrusco is Lini 910, usually around $16. Do not be intimidated by your local natural wine stores, usually the staff is very well versed in natural wines and can point you in the direction of something you will love! Point being, there are a ton of delicious natural Lambrusco wines out there, go try ’em all!
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