Named for both the Italian grape and wine, Lambrusco is traditionally a sparkling red wine, but can also produce sparkling roses and white wines. While there isn’t a white Lambrusco grape, Lambrusco Bianco wines are made by fermenting the grapes without their skin. Lambrusco wines can range in style from dry and herbal to sweet enough that they can be paired with desserts. Known for its black and red fruit notes, Lambrusco's main flavor profile consists of strawberry, blackberry, rhubarb, hibiscus, and potting soil. A fantastic food wine, Lambrusco goes with pizza, chicken parmesan, strawberry balsamic salad, and braised short ribs.
There are eight closely related grapes that are considered to be Lambrusco grapes, each stemming from various regions within Emilia-Romagna, Italy. The two most popular grape varieties are Lambrusco di Sorbara and Lambrusco Grasparossa. The former grape produces pale pink, delicate and floral wines that are dry and refreshing. Its notes are also on the lighter side, with aromas of orange blossom, cherry, violet, and watermelon. Meanwhile, Lambrusco Grasparossa is the boldest of the Lambrusco wines with a balance of creaminess and notes of black currant, blueberry, oregano, and cocoa powder.
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