Lambrusco has its faults. In the 70s and 80s it tarted itself up and pushed itself on any willing passer by. The sickly sweet bubbly earned itself a reputation and not one to strive for.
However Lambrusco has turned over a new leaf and is now a delightfully refreshing bubbly bursting with forest fruit flavours.
Here are some reasons why you’ll love Lambrusco.
1. It’s a really foody bubbly
With its fruity punch and acidic bite, these raspberry and blackberry-laden wines are the perfect accompaniment to all sorts of porky products. Hams, salamis, chorizo and the like will shine when partnered with a glass of Lambrusco. Sounds good to me. Mangiare bene!
2. It’s delicious chilled. It’s your perfect chilled red
Throughout this summer, we’ve been talking about chilling your red wines. This can be a little scary for some UK consumers, as there are guidelines for chilling but no exact rules. However, with Lambrusco that doubt flies right out the window. You put it in the fridge, like a white wine. It’s always in the fridge, except for when you drink it. Easy. A chilled red, with bubbles – that ticks a lot of boxes.
3. The bubbles are pink
That’s right, the foamy bubbles are pink. The wine is red so the bubbles are a really vibrant pink. Check out the mass appeal of Laurent Perrier rose or the number of bottles of Pinot Grigio Blush sold on a Friday night. Pink sells. We love pink.
4. In Italy, the locals drink it from a bowl
Remember when you were learning French at school, (Tricolore anyone?) and you found out that your French counterparts drank chocolate milk for breakfast from a bowl. I remember being jealous and I didn’t even like chocolate milk. Well now you’re an adult and can do what you like, you can replicate the older generation in Emilia Romagna who drink their Lambrusco from a bowl, not a glass. That’s got hipster written all over it.
5. It’s really good value
Lambrusco is a wine for the people and hence even the top-end wines are accessible when it comes to price. Cheaper than most sparkling wines and under half the price of Champagne, I’d expect to see most Lambruscos on a wine list at under £30 a bottle which makes it an affordable way to celebrate or just enjoy a tipple.
6. There are three versions – dry, off-dry and sweet
Dry, medium and sweet, a great way to ensure there’s something for everyone. For me, the wines represent the perfect solution to a multitude of food matching scenarios. A little dulce (sweet) with some tart raspberries and cream, amabile (medium) for a little apero of a Tuesday evening (you know how it is) and secco (dry) to go with that saucisson that’s been winking at me in the cupboard. Perfetto!
7. It’s not complicated..in a good way
This is a humble wine that’s all about conviviality and enjoying the experience rather than paying too much attention to complex notes of leather boots and chalky tannins. It’s fruity and fresh and utterly gluggable.
8. You can use it in recipes
I love the sound of Lambrusco poached figs from La Cucina Italiana. They suggest stretching out the preparation over the course of a day. I presume they recommend that you sip on Lambrusco whilst doing this. @MarriedinItaly likes to throw it over strawberries for a refreshing and delicious dessert in the summer – kind of a fruity soup for dessert.
9. It’s fairly low in alcohol
With most Lambruscos falling between 7 and 10%, this means that Lambrusco is the perfect lunch-time wine. The learned amongst you know that a good lunch-time wine is the stuff of dreams.
Thanks to Married to Italy for her inspiration – spreading the word about Lambrusco from her adopted home.