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Thursday, 2 January 2020

Chiarli Medaglie Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC 2018

A lip-smacking Italian red fizz from Virgin Wines

Lambrusco is the oenological equivalent of riding a Vespa; fun, stylish and joyously uncomplicated.

For the uninitiated, Lambrusco is a red fizz from Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, which is also home to Parma ham, balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano cheeses as well as pasta dishes such as tortellini, lasagne and tagliatelle.

Like many classic wines, context is important because the wine often needs to be matched with local foods to make most sense; Lambrusco's fruity tartness cuts through the rich flavours of Emilia-Romagna.

The dinner party fact for this wine is that Lambrusco Grasparossa is the grape variety and Castelvetro the area, hence the appellation name of Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro.

With freshly-squeezed fruit and crimson froth, how can you not love this wine?

Chiarli Medaglie Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC 2018 (£11.99) fresh, juicy blackcurrant and blueberry fruit with a touch of spice and gentle tannins; rich, bold and fruity with a pleasantly tart rasp on the finish.


Match with typical Emilia-Romagna foods - especially pasta with a rich meaty tomato sauce.

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