2011 Cà de Noci Frizzante Sottobosco
WINE: Cà De Noci was established in 1993 by the brothers Giovanni and Alberto Masini on their family’s estate near Reggio Emilia. The family has had a walnut forest on the property (hence the name translates to “Walnut Farm”).
PLACE: In the 700’s, the region of Emilia Romagna in Northern Italy was known to have over 100 different grape varieties, which have slowly disappeared. This family took charge to re-plant local traditional grapes that were slowly disappearing, such as the Spergola, Malbo Gentile and Montericco grapes.
PAIRING: The three grapes that make this wine are Lambrusco Grasparossa, Lambrusco Maestri and Malbo Gentile. This unique fizzy red offers a palate of rich brambly fruits and a smokey, dry finish. Serve this wine chilled with cured meats as well as sharp cheeses. Pizza is also a classic pairing for Lambrusco! This wine is unfiltered, so don’t be surprised by some sediment!
TAKEAWAY: Lambrusco wines have had a reputation of being simple and sweet, but this small production sparkling red is an exception. It's rustic, refreshing and perfect with food! Mix up Valentine's Day by trying a red sparkling wine instead of the traditional champagne. Or both!
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