Around the American dinner table of the 1970s and 1980s Lambrusco represented cheap, sweet, jug-wine. However, over the last decade, Lambrusco has experienced a well-deserved renaissance kindled by a proliferation of artisanal producers focused on traditional dry styles. Once such producer that has helped pave the way has been Lini. Founded in 1910, the winery has been family owned and operated for four generations. The winery is located in Correggio, an optimal growing area within the Lambrusco cultivation zone in the heart of Emilia-Romagna. Lini produces several different wines incorporating both Metodo Classico (Champagne Method) and Charmant Method to achieve carbonation. Swigg currently carries three different offerings from Lini, including their traditional Lambrusco Rosso and the rather rare Lambrusco Bianco, but it’s Lini’s Lambrusca Rosé that I find myself reaching for most often.
In the glass, the wine is a vibrant pink with notes of blood orange and raspberry. On the palate the wine’s effervescence carries notes of candy watermelon and herb garden through to a refreshing dry finish. Lambrusco in all its forms is a fantastic companion with an array of cheese and charcuterie and an ideal candidate for greasier fair like a big slice of New-York style pizza with pepperoni.-Swigg