Lambrusco had its faults. The sickly sweet bubbly earned itself a reputation in the '70s and '80s, and not one to strive for. However, Lambrusco has turned over a new leaf and it’s worth giving it a second chance.Here are five reasons why:
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. Mangiare bene!
2. In Italy, the locals drink it from a bowl
You can replicate the older generation in Emilia Romagna who drink their Lambrusco from a bowl, not a glass. According to Italian restaurant In Parma on Charlotte Place, this bowl is called a 'fojeta' in the local dialect. Either way, drinking Lambrusco from a bowl is cool and likely to take off - trend alert!
3. 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, 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 something different.
4. There are three versions – dry, off-dry and sweet
Dry, medium and sweet, a great way to ensure there’s something for everyone. All three styles match really well with different foods. A little dulce (sweet) with some tart raspberries and cream, amabile (medium) for an apero of a Tuesday evening and secco (dry) to go with that saucisson. Perfetto!
5. 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.
As Eric Asimov of the New York Times puts it, ‘Despite the fear of sparkling reds, Lambrusco is a super value wine that goes great with food, particularly simple grilled meats, fatty salami, rich pasta sauces and cheeses. In return, it demands very little except to be understood for what it is. That sounds like a pretty good deal all around.’
Bibendum lists three Lambruscos made by Cantina Cavicchioli – Secco, Amabile and Dulce.