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Hardly any drink is as underestimated among wine-loving gourmets as Lambrusco. We can only advise all wine lovers to put aside their prejudices towards these frothy delights and finally dare to have their first glass. But beware: it will not remain with this first glass!

© Consorzio Tutela Lambrusco

The prerequisite, of course, is that you get a good one. This is, on the one hand, easier than you might think: there are a lot of wonderful Lambruscos. On the other hand, it's not enough to just run to the nearest supermarket and see what's there. Because the mass-produced stuff still tastes banal and superficially sweet. So you should know what's good and where you can get it.

Good Lambrusco comes in almost every shade from bone dry to very sweet, from light pink to deep black, it can come as a slender, racy, tart Sorbara or as a dark-fruited, grippy, peppery-spicy, more or less tannic Reggiano or Grasparossa - and almost everything in between. Even fans of sweet wines are not forced to resort to moderate qualities; there are "amabile" that are not inferior in quality to the dry variants.

But these variants all have one thing in common: the best of them are addictive in no time. Once you have tasted a first-class dry or semi-dry red Lambrusco with your pizza, you won't want anything else in a hurry; Sorbara refreshes you all day long, if necessary, and no matter how many bottles of Lambrusco of all flavours you provide for the barbecue party, it will very likely have been too few in the end.

So it's a good thing that neither high prices nor high alcohol levels stand in the way of unrepentant enjoyment. You can get good Lambrusco from 6 or 7 euros, even the best ones almost always cost well under 20. The alcohol rarely rises to more than 12%, and for semi-dry and sweet varieties it is usually far below that.

We have tasted a good 100 Lambrusco wines in recent weeks, the best of which we present here sorted by denomination of origin. Links to all the wines and their producers as well as the tasting notes can be found at the end of each list.

Several tasting videos on this topic can be found on our Youtube channel.

Lambrusco Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC

Lambrusco Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC

Lambrusco Grasparossa Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa DOC

Lambrusco Reggiano DOC

Lambrusco Lambrusco Salamino di S. Croce DOC

Lambrusco Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa DOC

Lambrusco Lambrusco dell'Emilia IGT

Lambrusco Lambrusco di Modena DOC