Libations: Lambrusco

Fizzy red wine seems wrong doesn’t it?  Like something you drank before you were legally allowed to drink, from a straw, with your fellow high-schoolers.

You’ll have a fresh perspective on the subject after trying Lambrusco, the Italian wine with a touch of fizz that is served chilled, often as an aperitivo or with light meals. Good lambrusco is nice and dry, with noticeable but not obnoxious fruit like cherries or raspberry.  I first had it at Inoteca, the restaurant in the Lower East Side, with a plate of meat and cheese.  I fell in love.

It’s pretty wonderful at the end of a hot day, or even a warm day.  Check out this shot from Gottino’s blog, where they paired it with their “pesto di Parma” crostini, which is made from scraps of proscuitto di Parma, chunks of Parmigiano, sage, olive oil, then ground together and topped with vin cotto.  Man that sounds, and looks, so perfect.

an afternoon snack at Gottino


Places to Buy:

Pasanella and Son, Vintners.  115 South Street in the South St Seaport.

Discovery Wines, 10 Avenue A, East Village.

September Wines, 100 Stanton St, LES.

Astor Wines and Spirits, 399 Lafayette St, Noho.

Bars and Restaurants to Try:

Inoteca, 98 Rivington (LES) and 323 Third Ave (Murray Hill),

Bar Veloce, 3 locations in E. Village, Chelsea and Soho,

Gottino, 52 Greenwich St, W. Village,

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