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Ca’ De’ Medici White Lambrusco

Winery: Ca’ De’ Medici
Brand/Type: White Lambrusco
Vintage: n/a
Country: Italy
Region: Reggio Emilia
Alcohol content: 7%
Closure: Natural cork
Appearance: Very pale straw
Aroma/Bouquet: Musty grapes and strawberries.

Lambrusco. The name alone for many over the age of 40, conjures up memories of discos full of sweat and polyester – Wide lapel wearing lounge lizards hitting on free love disco dollies. Lambrusco was indeed a popular drink of that era. A sweet red wine that seemed to give the drinker a (false) sense of sophistication and still get their date drunk. Hindsight is 20-20 and Lambrusco has not been seen in a good light for many years.

So it was with special intrigue that this writer felt awkwardly embarrassed to purchase this wine. Luckily the clerk was far too young to make any association with my purchase.

Our review is of Ca’ De’ Medici’s White Lambrusco. A semi-sweet sparkling white Lambrusco. Yes, that is correct. A sparkling, white, Lambrusco. This is an uncommon find.

Ca’ De’ Medici is a small producer especially when compared to better known Riunite. Ca’ De’ Medici wines are crafted, not mass produced. Their production is 3 million liters compared to 132 million. Our bottle was proof of that. The wine tasted of sweet ripe berries but not overwhelmingly sweet as you might expect. Instead it showed good structure and a tart finish. Of course the carbonation takes the sweet edge off.

Perfect for desert or the patio; celebrate something special! Go ahead and drink this without shame, the past is forgotten.

Wine Tasting
2005 Il Valore Orvieto Classico

Winery: Il Valore
Brand/Type: Orvieto Classico
Vintage: 2005
Country: Italy
Region: Umbria
Alcohol content: 12%
Closure: Natural Cork
Appearance: Pale amber
Aroma/Bouquet: Herbal/spicy

This is a blend of Trebbiano toscano, Verdello, Grechetto, and Malvasia grapes from the Umbria region of Italy.

Dry with a crisp and clean taste. Not significant in mineral or acidity but not lacking either. Pairs well with seafood or summer salads. Very drinkable but not one that you would serve guests; family yes, guests, probably not. Consider this to be a very affordable and decent table white.

Wine Tasting
2004 Kettmeir Pinot Grigio

Winery: Kettmeir
Brand/Type: Pinot Grigio
Vintage: 2004
Country: Italy
Region: Trentino-Alto Adige
Alcohol content: 11.5%
Closure: Natural Cork
Appearance: Straw
Aroma/Bouquet: Woodsy, faint scent of pine, green apple

The Andersons General Store is such a wonderful place to shop for wine. They have an extensive selection of wines that could keep you busy searching for hours on end. One of my favorite things is trolling their close-out aisles. I’ve found some really cheap wines that have been priced accordingly as well some true gems that for one reason or another have been priced to move. The Andersons definitely has variety!

This 2004 Kettmeir Pinot Grigio is quiet a gem. Priced very nicely, this wine also tastes much better than you might suspect based on price alone.

It is a dry, light bodied Pinot Grigio that would be a wonderful summer wine. It has a good fruity taste without even coming close to being sweet. It has a good sharp acidity that lingers through the finish.

Kettmeir is located in Northern Italy in the Trentino-Alto Adige region it is nestled in the Dolomites where the autumn night temperatures can give the maturing grapes their best characteristics for flavor and aroma. This is ideal for white wines and it shows in this offering. By all means search out Kettmeier if you are looking for a great tasting wine at a reasonable price.

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