ITALIAN WINE CLUB

DECEMBER 2020

EMILIA-ROMAGNA:  FAMILY, FRIZZANTE AND FOOD

Emilia-Romagna is the gastronomic capital of Italy, a lofty title in a country that is easily the most famous foodie playground in the world. Between dairy and meat production alone the region is world famous, with international household names in Parma prosciutto and mortadella (a supremely superior Bologna) and Parmigiano Reggiano parmesan cheese. The finest balsamic vinegar is made in the Emilian city of Modena, and some of the best pastas originate from the cereal grains, potatoes, tomatoes and onions grown in the vast ag fields. You know you’ve hit E-R on your road trip across the Boot when you hit those flat fertile greens. Over half of the region is flat, with hills climbing up to the Apennine mountains on its southern border, and the Adriatic at its Eastern edge. It stays cool, temperate and fecund, and the native grapes have been cultivated here since before the Romans. 

The region certainly boasts very idiosyncratic wine styles. The most beloved (and maligned) of its wines are the Lambruscos: frothy frizzante red wines that are  sadly famous for sweet, soda pop flavors and often cast off as a joke, not for serious wine people. But Lambruscos are a whole family of grapes, at least eight distinct varieties, as well as a whole slew of regions and styles with any number of iterations of pale pink to inky purple, super dry to semi-secco. We know to trust Italians to make wines that pair perfectly to their cuisine. Now it is time to trust what Lambrusco can do on your table, too. 

– Kevin Wardell, December 2020

 

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WINE #1: TRE MONTI 'D'ALBANA' FRIZZANTE

Albana
Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 2019

WINE #2: NOELIA RICCI 'GODENZA' SANGIOVESE

Predappio, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 2018

WINE #3: PALTRINIERI 'LECLISSE' LAMBRUSCO DI SORBARA

Sorbara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

WINE #4: AZIENDA AGRICOLA GRAZIANO “FONTANA DEI BOSCHI” LAMBRUSCO GRASPAROSSA

Castelvetro di Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 2018
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