June 21, 2013

International Lambrusco Day

"Wine is sunlight, held together by water." - Galileo Galilei

It's International Lambrusco Day!
(Please note: this is a floating food holiday. It usually occurs on the first day of summer each year.)

I'm not entirely sure why International Lambrusco Day was created... it seems it was one part damage control (apparently some pretty poor imitations of the stuff circulated in the 1970's and 1980's; it was sickly sweet and uber fizzy), one part promotion (many folks have never tried this particular wine - I hadn't until today). Lambrusco is an Italian wine made from the red Lambrusco grape. The most authentic kind of Lambrusco is dry (secco) and moderately sparkling with a minimum of 11% ABV; it compliments most Italian foods. For more information, be sure to check out LambruscoDay.com.

Finding a bottle of Lambrusco was a tad tricky for me. I took a drive to the New Hampshire State Liquor Store (where the booze is cheaper and tax free, too!), because they carry everything - including four different brands of absinthe - so I assumed they would carry this, too. Three clerks, forty minutes, and five price checks later I had my hands on a bottle of it (specifically Primevo, from the wine region Lambrusco di Sorbara).

I was expecting it to be much drier and flatter tasting than it turned out to be. The slight effervescent and sweetness caught me so off guard, I had to have a second (and third) glass just to make sure it was as delicious as I thought it was. I "floated away to Happy Land on the bubbles" (as Bert the cop said to Ernie the cab driver in regards to the champers he bought George and Mary for their wedding... didja get that?).

Oh and a little of this happened, too...

What a perfect way to spend the longest day of the year! #LambruscoLiving

Happy International Lambrusco Day!