Lambrusco, a wine that is at least 2000 years old and is still going strong

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The Lambrusco grapes are black, cultivated mainly in Emilia-Romagna in the provinces of Modena, Reggio Emilia and Parma, and in Lombardy in the province of Mantova. They are used to produce sparkling and bubbly wines, both red and rosé.

Lambrusco is the most popular red wine in Italy and exported around the world. This wine has been produced for at least 2000 years.

Lambrusco is a red wine that is produced in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The name Lambrusco also refers to the grape variety used to produce it which comes from a wild variety that grows naturally in the Po Valley. It is different from other wines because of its higher levels of acidity and fruitiness. There are 12 different subvarieties such as Sorbara, Marani, Maestri etc.

Until quite recently Lambrusco was extremely cheap and mostly drunk by local people, not very alcoholic it was a great wine for the table and its low cost meant that everyone could afford it in Northern Italy. Then the American discovered it and it became a phenomenon, nice to drink, sweet and bubbly American people just loved it.

 

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In the States it became so popular that for a while it was knows as ‘the Italian Coca Cola’, recently though producers have been trying to reintroduce quality into their wine. Being popular is good but not when quality is at stake. There are two types the sparkling type and the bubbly Lambrusco. They might sound the same thing, but they are not. Sparkling Lambrusco is supposed to be the better one of the two. There is also a type of still Lambrusco but it has not become very successful.

Lambrusco is a wine that pairs well with Emilia-Romagna cuisine, often characterized by rich an very aromatic dishes.

It also go well with robust foods like pork, sausages, and lamb. It’s delicious when eaten with typical cheeses of the area, like Parmesan-Reggiano and Grana Padano.

Apparently, climate change is good for Lambrusco wine. The changing climate has greatly favoured this wine, causing its alcohol content to increase by 1.5 points and its acidity to decrease, making it much more balanced and enjoyable. We might all end up under the sea but at least the Lambrusco will be great.

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