Lambrusco Tasting Guide

Lambrusco Tasting Guide

They say wine is as subjective as art. So, let's get into the art of tasting Lambrusco. Whether you're a wine enthusiast or a newcomer to the world of Lambrusco, mastering the tasting process can actually enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of this versatile Italian wine. In this guide I'll walk you through everything I have learned from my dear friends who are expert Sommeliers. I must admit, at first I felt a bit silly, but the more I practiced the more it *actually* does help enhance the flavours of wine.

Understanding Lambrusco: Before diving into the tasting process, it's essential to understand what sets Lambrusco apart. Originating from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, Lambrusco is a unique sparkling red wine renowned for its vibrant fruit flavors, refreshing acidity, and slight effervescence (bubbles). With various styles ranging from dry to sweet, Lambrusco offers a diverse sensory experience that appeals to a wide range of palates.

Selecting the Right Glassware: The first step in tasting Lambrusco is choosing the right glassware. Go for a tulip-shaped glass with a wide bowl and a narrow rim, or my particular favourite is a Spanish style wine glass.  These design allows the wine to aerate properly, releasing its aromas and enhancing the tasting experience. I've been advised that narrow glasses or flutes restrict the wine's aromatic expression buuuut it's art, remember? And art is subjective, so—you do you.

Temperature Matters: Temperature plays a crucial role in experiencing the full spectrum of flavors in Lambrusco. Ideally, serve Lambrusco slightly chilled, between 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit or for us Canadians 12-14 degrees Celsius. This temperature range allows the wine's fruity notes to shine while maintaining its refreshing effervescence. Pro tip: Avoid serving Lambrusco too cold, as it can dull the flavors and mask its nuances.

The Tasting Process: You've got your glassware, you've nailed the temperature, now it's time tasting. Begin by observing the wine's appearance. Hold the glass against a white background and take note of its color and clarity. A traditional Lambrusco typically exhibits a ruby-red hue with a slight effervescence.

Next, swirl the wine gently in the glass to release its aromas. Take a moment to inhale deeply and identify the wine's bouquet (you gotta love Som language). You may detect aromas of ripe berries, floral notes, or hints of spices, depending on the style of Lambrusco. 

Finally, take a sip of the wine and let it coat your palate. Pay attention to its texture, acidity, and tannins. Notice how the flavors evolve from the initial burst of fruitiness to a refreshing finish. Take your time to savor each sip and appreciate the complexity of Lambrusco. We describe Tomato Wheels Lambrusco as having notes of violet, cold blueberries, lavender and crème fraîche—with cheek gushing acidity and a little rip of tannin.

By following these simple steps you can enhance your tasting skills and develop a deeper appreciation for Lambrusco and connect that much deeper to anything you are consuming, really. 

So grab a bottle of Lambrusco, happy tasting and show us your favourite glassware for Lambrusco on IG @tomatowheelsBuy a bottle in store or online

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