You already know that chilled red is the new rosé. But sometimes a girl needs a little more sparkle in her life, amiright? Enter Lambrusco—a fizzy Italian red that’s all kinds of deliciousness. Here’s the lowdown on this highly misunderstood (but oh-so-good) sparkling wine.
Wait, isn’t that the sickly sweet stuff? Lambrusco got a bad rep back in the day because, well, it was cheap and gross. But now, production methods have changed (many producers are now using the same method used to make traditional Champagne) and oenophiles are falling head over heels for this refreshing red. (Well, not literally—Lambrusco is typically lower in alcohol content than other wines.) Hailing from central northeastern Italy, today’s Lambrusco features dark fruit notes like cherry and plum. It also has a bright acidity, making it great for easy, everyday drinking and an excellent accompaniment to rich foods.
How should I serve it? Best enjoyed chilled, Lambrusco is a perfect aperitif—the acidity cuts through the fatty meats and cheeses on your charcuterie plate beautifully. Light bubbles and tartness also make it a great accompaniment to tomato-based foods (like pizza and pasta) while fruity notes pair wonderfully with desserts (try it with our berry tiramisu). In other words? This might just be the most versatile summer drink on the block.
Sounds pretty great. That’s because it is. And did we mention that you can get an outstanding bottle for less than $20—whether you’re after something full-bodied and earthy or something fresh and frothy? Salute.