Most dinner parties (what are those?!) or social hours these days come complete with a cheese and charcuterie board. The thing that most people don’t realize, is that it can be very tricky to properly pair wine with our beloved boards. When considering the helpful and widely-used rule of thumb for food and wine pairing “what grows together goes together”, wine experts and foodies alike have looked to a region where meat and cheese reign supreme – enter the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. Lambrusco, the slightly effervescent red wine from Emilia-Romagna, is my favorite accompaniment for your next grazing table or board. I’m not talking about Riunite, either. There are many quality producers that make lively and easy-drinking wines. Lambruscos range in sweetness from dry to sweet, with flavors of red fruits and flowers and should be enjoyed slightly chilled. Serve alongside some of your favorite foods from the region like Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano-Reggiano and a drizzle or two of Balsamic from Modena and you’ll leave even the most adamant of the naysayers happy.
Wine Recommendation: Lambrusco “Vecchia Modena”, Cleto Chiarli – 2019