Lambrusco, an eclectic red wine
Lambrusco is a legendary red wine from Emilia-Romagna, fairly well-known abroad. Particularly in the USA, for a long time this Italian wine was famous under the rather generous name of “red champagne”, due to its being a cheap sparkling red. The grapes with which Lambrusco is made are mostly grown in the Emilia Romagna region, in the provinces of Modena and Reggio, and in Mantua, Lombardy.
A true gem of the Modenese gastronomy sector, the celebrated Lambrusco is distinguished by its scent of violets, its good value for money and its versatility. While Lambrusco is capable of holding its own as an ingredient in many traditional Emilia-Romagnan specialities (in cold cuts for example) and in classic authentic dishes such as cotechino or zampone, Lambrusco impresses at cocktail hour too, when it can be paired with a variety of drinks or with fruit.
Despite its popularity, this versatile red wine is also worthy of bearing prestigious labels. In particular the Sorbara, one of the four types of Lambrusco designated as DOC. The other classified Lambrusco to be enjoyed are Salamino di Santa Croce, Reggiano, and the Grasparossa di Castelvetro.