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Introduction to Lambrusco

Introduction to Lambrusco

The Delicious, Sparkling Red Wine

Slightly sparkling and utterly unique, Lambrusco is a delightful, food-friendly red wine that’s perfect for sipping throughout the day. Though it’s not as well known as some of its other bubbly counterparts, such as Champagne and Prosecco, Lambrusco offers a wonderful option for sparkling wine lovers. Let’s take a look at this effervescent red and discover why you may want to pick up a bottle of Lambrusco on your next wine-buying excursion.

History and Origin of Lambrusco

Lambrusco is a slightly sparkling (frizzante) red wine made from a grape of the same name — both of which originate from Italy. There are four zones in the Emilia-Romagna region and one in Lombardy that grow these high-yielding grapes and produce Lambrusco wine. While it hasn’t garnered the mass appeal of other reds, Lambrusco is one of the oldest in Italy, dating back to the Bronze Age (approximately 3300 B.C.). 

Although reds are the most common type of Lambrusco, there are a few rosé varieties available as well. The wine surged in popularity in the United States during the 1970s and 80s and has recently experienced another resurgence. Luckily, this is not a wine that will break the bank if you want to participate in the Lambrusco renaissance. Quality does not indicate costliness with this fizzy beverage, as some sommelier-approved bottles can be purchased for $20 or less. 

Lambrusco - History & Origin

How is Lambrusco Made?


Winemakers typically use a blend of Lambrusco grape varieties to make their signature bottle of Lambrusco wine. Although there are over 60 varieties of the grapes, the most common ones used are Lambrusco Salamino, Labrusco Grasparossa, Lambrusco Maestri, Lambrusco Marani, and Lambrusco di Sorbara. While select Lambrusco wines are made using only one type of these grapes, the majority use a blend to achieve the desired flavor. 

Like Prosecco, Lambrusco is made using the Charmat method, which gives this wine its effervescence. Unlike most red-making methods that include a single fermentation, the Charmat method puts the wine through a second fermentation in a large tank before it is bottled. This additional round is what provides the distinctive fizz. 

Lambrusco - How It's Made

How to Serve Lambrusco

Lambrusco is not a wine that ages particularly well, so it is best served fresh and cold – between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit – in a white wine glass. 

With its low ABV and high acidity, Lambrusco makes an incredibly versatile choice for food pairings. It works beautifully with other foods that are native to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, such as Parmessiano Reggiano and prosciutto. However, the choices don’t stop there. It is also a delicious companion for brick-oven pizza, poultry dishes, fruit-based desserts, charcuterie boards, hard cheeses, tacos, and pasta. If you need a lively wine that plays nicely with brunch, lunch, or dinner, Lambrusco makes an outstanding choice!

How to Serve Lambrusco

See, Smell, and Taste Notes

Because Lambrusco is slightly sparkling, pouring a glass will reveal a red beverage with delicate bubble trails dancing throughout the glass. Depending on the winemaker and varietal, the wine’s color can range from bright, light reds to dark, almost inky purples. 

Like other sparkling wines, Lambrusco ranges from very dry to very sweet. You’ll likely notice one of the following terms on the bottle label:

  • Secco – bone dry/dry
  • Amabile – off-dry/sweet 
  • Dolce – very sweet

Most of the Lambruscos you’ll find in the store will be classified as amabile, but it’s worth noting that many wine experts claim that the dryer varieties taste better and offer higher quality. 

Lambrusco - See, Smell & Tasting Notes

When drinking a glass of Lambrusco, expect a crisp wine with high acidity and fruit-forward notes of cherry, strawberry, and blackberry. Some varieties also have an earthy essence highlighted with floral notes of violet, peppery notes of citrus zest, and a fruity hint of pink grapefruit. 

If you want to add a delightfully zesty red to your list of favorite wines, look no further than the fun and fizzy Lambrusco! Whether you pair it with your favorite dinner dish or sip it during a brunch date with friends, we’re sure that, like us, you’ll love your Lambrusco!

Rosé of Sangiovese


Sangiovese can be found in both the Chianti and Montalcino regions of Tuscany (it all sounds so romantic, right?) and is known for producing classic medium-bodied wines. Rosé wine is actually made from red grapes, and this is where the Rosé of Sangiovese comes to play. Crisp, fruit-forward, and easy-to-drink, it's everything you want in your bottle of Rosé and more.



Big, bold, and full of flavor—exactly what you’d expect an Italian wine to be! This classic Italian grape produces some of Italy’s most straightforward red wines and is often used as a blending grape. Not here, though. We let Montepulciano do the heavy lifting as a heavy red wine and shine on its own. If you enjoy the smell of leather bound books, nibbling on dried fruit, and complementary notes of bitter, dark chocolate and sweet plums, you will love this Italian wine. No need to pair it with any certain dish—Montepulciano tastes great with all the Italian classics.

Cabernet Sauvignon


If Pinot Noir is the light and juicy queen of reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is her bolder, heavier, meatier sister. Often referred to as just “cab,” it’s the wine of France’s Bordeaux and California’s Napa Valley. There’s nothing subtle about Cabernet Sauvignon—high in alcohol, full-bodied and robust, you can usually find this red served with a ribeye, New York Strip, or filet mignon (re: carnivores love cab). Classic cabs usually offer tasting notes of chocolate, coffee, and darker fruits like prunes and plums. The Unprecedented Cabernet Sauvignon is as classic as they come, and we highly recommend letting the bottle sit and mellow until your next red meat and potatoes dinner!

Pinot Grigio

La Pluma

If you’re looking for more zest in your life, a bottle of Pinot Grigio can provide that. We included a classic Pinot Grigio in the La Pluma collection because we’re all about light and easy here, which is exactly what this grape from Italy is. It has that dry sense of humor that seems so effortless with a punchy acidity to keep you on your toes, all while offering notes of lemon, limes, green apples, and honeysuckle. Long story short; when it’s been a heavy day and your soul is seeking light things only, you’ll be happy to have this bottle on hand.

Pinot Noir


We couldn’t create the In Good Taste Unprecedented collection without the Golden Retriever of wines: Pinot Noir. Pinot is likable, it’s easy, and its natural state of being is simply charming. It’s an incredibly easy red wine to love, which is why so many people do. The grape itself is from the Burgundy region of France, but has made its way to California, Oregon, Australia, Italy, Argentina, and Germany since. Our Pinot Noir has no surprise twists—it’s a classic light red with just the right amount of sweetness to keep you coming back for another glass (or two).

Coteaux Bourguignons


The Burgundy region of France is home to their best Pinot Noirs, but we took the grapes into our own hands to create something extra special with our Coteaux Bourguignons. It’s a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay, which results in a French red that’s light in body but full in flavor. The ripest blueberries and freshest herbs can be easily detected in this French burgundy blend. May we suggest pairing it with some creamy brie and freshly baked bread? It’s a oui-ning combo.



A little sweet. A little tart. A little salty? You truly get it all with this white Italian wine. If you're into that biting acidity, Verdicchio will probably be high on your list of most-loved wines from our Andiamo collection. Citrus fruits like mandarin, lemon, and grapefruit are at the forefront, but what really sets this Italian wine apart is its distinct notes of almond. While our Verdicchio can start out tasting a bit tart, the more you sip, the smoother it becomes. In fact, we suggest approaching it as an aperitif (Italian for an alcoholic drink sipped before a meal to stimulate the appetite) to experience its full effect.


Côtes du Rhône White


This was one of our first French wines to join the Passport collection and one sip will explain why. Some background on the Rhône Valley in France: While this region is known for its dark, juicy reds, a very small amount of special white wines are made in the Rhône Valley. Our Côtes du Rhône is packed with French-perfected, floral flavor and Old-World charm. Its natural tang paired with the weighty Marsanne grape and aromatic Roussanne grape results in a crisp, savory sip that’ll transport you to a sunbathing chair by the Rhône itself.


Bordeaux Rouge


When you picture medieval folk sitting around a feast with goblets of wine, chances are they were drinking Bordeaux. This wine has been made in France since forever and is arguably the most classic French wine out there. Bordeaux is known for its full body, smoky notes, and rich, oaky taste. If you love cabs, chances are you will adore Bordeaux. For our Passport wines, we had to include this classic French red for you to sip and enjoy to your heart’s content. Best savored over a rich meal like lamb ragu, ratatouille, or BBQ.

Ventoux Rosé


You probably know that the Tour de France is held on Ventoux Mountain in France, but did you know that the same area is known for its high-altitude rosé? This is the kind of quintessential French rosé that you don’t need to spin your wheels over—it’s simply delicious, crisp, and perfect for warm weather. Despite its delicate, pale pink color, each sip is lush with flavor, from tropical passionfruit and zesty citrus to refreshing melon. This has the potential to be your new summer go-to, so we’d suggest stocking up.



Wild Child

Say “¡Hola!” to Spain’s main grape: Tempranillo. This red grape put Rioja wine on the map and is un vino tinto classico. It’s best compared to a classic cab, but with a bit more unique magic that’s hard to put your finger on, which is why it’s a part of our Wild Child line. This medium- to full-bodied wine with its relatively higher tannins usually offers complex notes of cherry, fig, cedar, tobacco, and dill. This is the type of red wine you want to buy and pour for a Latin-infused meal; think carne asada, tacos al carbon, or just perfectly cooked steak fajita meat.


La Pluma

We knew the only red in the La Pluma collection had to be exceptionally good and exceptionally light. That’s why including a Grenache was a no-brainer. If smooth, fruit-forward, light-bodied reds appeal to your tastebuds, this could be your new favorite. The grape itself is tricky; depending on the climate of where its grown, Grenache wines could be light, dense, or somewhere in the middle. La Pluma’s version has all the airiness and flavor notes we wanted in our Grenache, which is how we know you’ll love it. Get the most of this red by pairing it with roasted meats, spice-heavy vegetables, and Mexican-inspired dishes with lots of cumin.




This grape goes by different names in most European countries, but what remains the same is its fruity floral nature. Delicate in every way and extremely quaffable, this wine is as dainty as they come.



We really try not to play favorites at In Good Taste, but there is just something about an Italian Barbera that hits different in the best way. Barberas are the perfect wine for pizza night; they're low in alcohol, and medium-bodied but taste super light, and their berry and plum flavors pair incredibly well with savory tomato sauce and cheese! Another fun thing about Barberas? They actually taste great when chilled, which is not something we're in the habit of suggesting for our red wines. Our Italian Barbera lies somewhere between the body of a cab and a pinot and is the ideal choice for a "ladies who lunch" kind of afternoon.


Wild Child

We couldn't not have a weird white in the mix, right?! The Vermentino grape is native along the coast of Italy on the island of Sardinia (yeah, like the fish). Because of its origin, this grape offers a salty, crisp flavor that's incredibly easy to drink and enjoy. We say it's "weird" only because it's not widely known by name, but chances are you've probably had it before if you've ever ordered white wine in an Italian restaurant. If you love peaches and lemons and get a kick out of anything that reminds you of the sea, our Vermentino is the perfect Italian white to experience on a sunny day outside.




For the Chardonnay lovers who are looking to dig a bit deeper in the world of bold whites, a Viognier (pronounced vee-own-yay) could be your next big adventure. Viogniers tend to have more range; while they can be creamy with hints of vanilla like their Chardonnay counterpart, they also offer lighter, fruitier flavors like tangerine, mango, and honeysuckle. It’s still a more full-bodied white wine, but unlike Chardonnay, it’s softer on acidity and more perfumed. Spend an afternoon with a glass of Viognier amongst the flowers and it’ll all make sense.


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