Saturday, June 7, 2008

I've lost my love for Lambrusco

When I was first introduced to wine Riunite Lambrusco was it for me. I loved it. Sweet, red, mysterious, cheap - mmm, I was sold. I knew that no matter what I tried I could always fall back on a bottle of Riunite.

Last night Desiree and I ordered up some Hawaiian pizza (ham and pineapple) from our favorite local pizzeria and I picked up a jug of Riunite Lambrusco for the dinner table in an effort to land on something everyone would like (we were having her brother over and his wife).

I was so not impressed. The smell was wax-candy-like and I tasted - dare I say it - metallics in the aftertaste! It reminded me of Yellow Tail Shiraz and it's fake syrup-like flavor minus the oak (I can tolerate their shiraz actually).

I know, I know, I'm late to the party.

Ever since I've been entertaining my palate with red varietals from brands like Rosemount Estate and Black Swan I've fallen out of love with Lambrusco.

Recently I had a friend, a wine specialist, tell me that she was really into a certain type of Lambrusco. Needless to say I'm very excited to try it given my bad experience with Riunite.

Sorry Riunite Lambrusco, I've moved on and thrown out the love letters.


Anonymous said...

Ask your Liquor Board to get some Lambruscos from Medici Ermete: Concerto (single vineyard, dry), Solo (single vineyard, dry), Bocciolo (Grasparossa, sweet); Quercioli Secco (dry), Quercioli dolce (sweet). Guaranteed, one of these will make you fall in love with lambrusco all over again.

Justin said...

Hey, thanks so much for that! The Medici Ermete Solo is the one that was recommended by our friend.

We will definitely look into these. I'm really looking forward to it. Thanks again.

this girl said...

I used to love Lamrusco too, but I've fallen for boxed and I'll never go back. You can get some pretty good brands boxed, and they fit so much better in my fridge.
curious to see how the other wines rank...

Desiree said...

Hey Ab, you have to let me know which ones to try, thanks!