Monday, December 10, 2012

Day 942 : Seasonal Sips

Do your eyes light up with a glass of bubbles? Mine sure do! And the good news is that 'tis the season for bubbles! Prosecco, Cava, Champagne, Blanc de Blancs, Sparkling Shiraz, Lambrusco, you name it, the bubbles selection is endless.

There's something particularly festive I find about Lambrusco -- maybe its the mixture of the bubbles and the color and the flavor, it's just perfect in my mind for the holiday season whether its at that big bash or enjoyed with good friends in the comfort of your own home, it will dress up any evening.

Lambrusco traditionally hails from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy and is both a grape and a frizzante red wine. Traditionally crafted in a charmat process -- when the second fermentation happens in a pressurized tank. Light, bright, and fruity, yet crisp and dry with a nice acidity, this festive red bubbly does a dynamic dance on your palate.  Looking for a good Lambrusco that will delight? Try Carafoli Lambrusco Tocca, found at 67 Wine & Spirits.

So what sort of cheese to enjoy with our red bubbles?

This is a pairing that's all about terroir my friends -- local wines and local cheeses that have an excellent harmony based on the region in which they are from.

How about the local cheese from the Emilia Romagna region -- Parmesan.

This beloved cheese's nutty, butterscotchy notes will go hand in hand with the bright red fruity notes of the bubbles. The acidity of the wine will cut right through the dense depth of the cheese to create the perfect holiday festive wine and cheese marriage!

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