An Introduction to Lambrusco Grasparossa
There are at least 13 Italian grape varieties with Lambrusca or Lambrusco, meaning ‘wild grape’ in their names. Lambrusco Grasparossa is considered the best and originates around the town of Castelvetro in Emilia-Romagna, the ancestral home of the lightly fizzy or ‘frizzantino’ red wine known as Lambrusco. Lambrusco Grasparossa produces lightly sparkling reds with floral aromas and flavours of cherries, blackberries and a musky, almost grapey quality that is quite appealing. The grape’s natural acidity and deep purple colour and firm tannins make a delicious, if a tad different, traditional style of frizzante red that is making a surprising comeback in the new millenium, especially in Italian restaurants and pizzerias.