Thursday, October 8, 2009

Italian Wine Primer- Emilia Romagna

Emilia Romagna is situated in Northern Italy, and quite honestly is known much more for their food (this is the home of the city of Bologna, as well as Parmesan Cheese and Parma hams) than they are for their wine. The main varietals that they grow here are Sangiovese, Barbera, and Bonarda. If you have never tried a Bonarda, find one and check it out- it's pretty cool stuff. In fact, it has really taken off in Argentina, where Italian immigrants brought it over and planted it to make wine.

The other wine that comes out of Emilia-Romagna is Lambrusco. This is the slightly fizzy, slightly sweet wine that has come in jugs in the past. There are some decent versions out there- try the Ca' de Medici if you can find it. It's wierd, but actually tastes pretty good when served chilled.

That's about it for today- sorry for the short post, but I have to taste wine with Terrene at 10 am!


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