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 Lambrusco Wine

Lambrusco is a brightly colored grape variety used to make sparkling red wines in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. More accurately, it is a collective term for a group of grape varieties – more than 60 Lambrusco varieties have been identified so far. Lambrusco vines are grown in several Italian wine regions, including Piedmont (Emilia-Romagna’s neighbor) and farther afield in Basilicata.

Lambrusco and its eponymous wine have an enviably high profile in the early 21st Century, largely the result of mass production for major markets, particularly the United States and northern Europe, in the 1980s. The days when Lambrusco wines were widely bottle-fermented in the methode traditionelle have gone, as has much of the quality and care that accompanied this more demanding production technique. Today, most wines bearing the Lambrusco name are made in bulk, and go through their secondary fermentation in large steel tanks. This is known as the Charmat method, sometimes known as the Italian Method as it was pioneered in northern Italy. The popularity of Lambrusco grew so rapidly in the 1980s that this was the only way of producing the required volumes quickly enough to satisfy demand, cheaply enough to keep the wines affordable.

Lambrusco
Lambrusco Maestri Grapes

The pigment of Lambrusco grapes works well to create an alluring ruby color in wines; when well cared-for in the vineyard, and allowed to reach full phenolic ripeness, the grapes create a wine as intensely perfumed it is colored. Lambrusco’s bright purple-red hue is surpassed only by that of Ancellotta, another variety sanctioned for use under the Lambrusco DOC laws. Ancellotta grapes are used to bring color to the kind of watery, overcropped Lambrusco produced when yields are allowed to climb out of control.

A number of Lambrusco sub-varieties have their own DOC, namely Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro and Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce. In addition to these there is the Modena DOC (created in 2009) and Reggiano, which was formerly known as Lambrusco di Reggiano. A wine made under any one of these titles must be made from at least 85 percent Lambrusco grapes (some are tied to specific sub-varieties, some are not). The remaining 15 percent is often made up with Ancellotta.

Maestri is one of many sub-varieties of Lambrusco used to produce the eponymous sparkling red. As well as being grown in its native region of Emilia-Romagna, it is cultivated further south in Basilicata. Outside Italy, Maestri has been successfully cultivated as far afield as Argentina (due mainly to the Italian migration there) and more recently, Australia.

Food matches include:
Europe: Prosciutto di Parma (cured ham)
Asia: Vegetable biryani
Americas: Roasted turkey with cranberry sauce; cherry pie (sweet)
Africa/Middle East: Beef couscous with raisins


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We found 288 matches for Lambrusco. Click on a name below for details, scores and price history ...
Wine Name
Region 
Popularity
Riunite Lambrusco, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia-Romagna $5 1022
Cavicchioli & Figli Lambrusco Dolce, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia-Romagna $8 7753
Medici Ermete Concerto Lambrusco Reggiano, Emilia Romagna, Italy Reggiano $11 8927
Le Grotte Lambrusco dell'Emilia Bianco Dolce, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia-Romagna $10 10562
Mionetto Il Lambrusco dell'Emilia IGT, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia IGT $10 11165
Riunite Rosato, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia-Romagna $5 11491
LoDuca Lambrusco Reggiano, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Reggiano $10 12023
Donelli Lambrusco dell'Emilia Secco IGT, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia IGT $8 12616
Donelli Lambrusco Lambrusco Reggiano, Emilia Romagna, Italy Reggiano $13 15690
Cantine Ceci Otello Nero di Lambrusco Rosso Frizzante, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia-Romagna $11 18991
Giacobazzi Lambrusco Emilia IGT, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia IGT $5 19941
Medici Ermete Le Tenute 'Solo' Lambrusco Reggiano, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Reggiano $15 24032
Cleto Chiarli 'Cleto' Rose Brut, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia-Romagna $15 24629
Riunite Lambrusco Daunia IGT, Puglia, Italy Daunia IGT $5 24947
Barbolini Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro $13 25416
Medici Ermete Lambrusco Reggiano Rosso Dolce Frizzante, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Reggiano $6 25916
Canei Special Selection Lambrusco dell'Emilia IGT, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia IGT $6 26318
Fratelli Cella Lambrusco Rosso dell'Emilia IGT, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia IGT $11 26534
Venturini Baldini Lambrusco dell'Emilia IGT, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia IGT $15 29404
Cantine Ceci Otello Lambrusco Rosso Frizzante, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia-Romagna $10 31327
Lini 910 Labrusca Bianco Emilia IGT, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia IGT $15 31327
Cleto Chiarli Brut de Noir Rose Lambrusco, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia-Romagna $15 31432
Cleto Chiarli Vecchia Modena Premium Lambrusco di Sorbara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Lambrusco di Sorbara $15 31562
Tenuta Pederzana 'Il Grasparossa della Tradizione' Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro $18 32700
Giorgio & Gianni Sweet Red Lambrusco, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Emilia-Romagna $6 32795
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