Red wine can have bubbles too...ever tried Lambrusco?

 A bottle of organic Lambrusco from Reggio Emilia.

A bottle of organic Lambrusco from Reggio Emilia.

Prosecco is one of my favorite things to drink. It's light, it's bubbly, it's refreshing...what's not to like, right? But did you know that in Italy there is also a red bubbly wine called Lambrusco, that is just as deliciously refreshing as its white wine counterpart?

Lambrusco is the name of both the grape and the wine that comes from that grape. The varietal dates back as far as the times of the Etruscans and is found mainly in the region of Emilia-Romagna. Lambrusco wine ranges from dry to sweet and the sweet type was apparently very popular in the US back in the 1970s.

I was never a huge Lambrusco fan, mainly because I had only ever been exposed to the sweet variety. However, after spending a week in Emilia-Romagna this summer and having the pleasure of tasting many types of the dry variety, I can now say that I am truly a Lambrusco lover! It is very refreshing, with hints of berries and when enjoyed chilled it is truly a great glass of wine.

But please, don't take my word for it! You may have to do a little research in order to find where to buy a good bottle here in the States, but you can always go directly to the source and plan a trip to Emilia Romagna. Then you can enjoy a nice glass (or two!) of Lambrusco, maybe paired with a tasty piece of parmigiano cheese and a few slices of prosciutto as well.                          

And on that note...