When I was younger and saw people drinking wine in TV I thought it would taste like, well, grape juice. But like a lot of kids, I have a distinct memory of my first drink of wine and the immediate feeling of hurt — why would someone have given this to me? What did I do to deserve this awful crap? Why does it burn? Who actually likes this? Can I have a rootbeer now?
I grabbed this bottle at total random the other day, mostly just because I’d been wanting to try a sparkling red wine for years. And this bottle was $5 at Trader Joe’s, which doesn’t hurt. Five dollars! Some Google-fu suggests it might be at World Market as well, for those of you without a Trader Joe’s nearby.
So: La Grotte Reggiano Lambrusco? Tastes like I imagined wine would taste. And it’s fizzy! Michael Jackson would have been pleased to serve this to his underage friends. It’s refreshing and light, it’s very fruity and just a little floral (violets?), and borderline dangerous. It’s chuggable. It is a delightful summertime tipple for the unadventurous and lazy. The bottle even recommends it paired with pizza – pizza – and they are absolutely right to do so. We ate it with pasta salad, s’mores and True Blood, and it was perfection. I’m going back to buy a half dozen bottles just as soon as possible, for I intend to be a wino this summer.July 3rd, 2011 | Food Rant, Obsessed