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Monday, May 11, 2015

Riunite Lambrusco & Other Great Wines for Spring!

A product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.

Lambrusco was one of the first wines I ever tried and one of the wines I really still enjoy drinking and look for on a menu right away when ordering wine at a restaurant.

I was so excited to be able to drink it again at home when I recently tried out Riunite Lambrusco, the iconic brand that introduced Americans to wine and put Lambrusco on the map.

After 50 years in the U.S., Riunite changed its bottle to a classic design reflecting its vintage Italian heritage. Inside the bottle, it’s the same easy-drinking, soft and fruity Lambrusco with a refreshing spritz on the finish. Taste it chilled with your favorite spicy food, charcuterie, or BBQ.

Check out some more fun history on Riunite Lambrusco: 

The first radio commercials for Riunite, aired in the early 1970s, featured “Cowboy Bob” of Howdy Doody fame, and a jingle that borrowed the TV show’s theme -- “It’s Riunite Time.”

Riunite Lambrusco was the first 750ml fine wine bottle enclosed with a screwcap. The Mariani family worked with Italian beer and soda bottlers to engineer and perfect the technology for wine bottles. (The new bottle uses a Stelvin-like enclosure; this is the first change to the enclosure since 1969.)

Riunite Lambrusco remains the #1 selling Italian red wine imported into the USA (and has been for the past four decades).

In its history, over 2 billion bottles of Riunite Lambrusco have been sold in the USA. If you stacked every bottle sold on top of each other, it would equal almost 15 times the distance around planet Earth.

Check out these other great bottles of wine that are perfect for enjoying with friends and family this Spring!:

Fontana Candida Terre dei Grifi Frascati 
(SRP: $13)

This wine is a clear and brilliant yellow with soft green shades. This wine features the delicate fragrance of exotic fruits and citrus with a taste of dry and soft, with exotic fruit and a touch of ripe pear and almonds on the finish.

It is ideal as an aperitif or with Caesar salads, avocado based starters, fish, veal and chicken as well as Thai and Indian food.

Castello Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 
(SRP: $25)

The selected grapes are vinified in Horizon hybrid stainless steel & wood tanks, with an average maceration of 7-10 days. After an aging period of 10-12 months, partially in barriques and partially in large oak barrels, followed by an additional 6 months in bottle before release.

A super-classic of Montalcino and Banfi. This is a wine that is able to match the elegance and solidity of its elder counterpart with a freshness and directness that make it one of the most versitile wines within Banfi’s offer. Very enjoyable when released, it is also suitable for a long aging.

Maschio Prosecco
 (SRP: $13)

This wine is made by entle pressing of the grapes to extract only the free-run juice from the heart of the berry. Then the juice is left to rest in stainless steel tanks and after approximately 12 hours the limpid part of the must has separated from the deposit and fermentation begins. Vinification takes about 15-20 days and is completed in stainless steel vats kept at a constant temperature of 18-20˚C (65- 68˚F) to develop a natural sparkle.

The color is a light straw yellow with a lively froth. The Bouquet is White peach and orange blossoms with a taste of fruit forward, with peach and almond flavors.

This wine pairs great as an aperitif or as an ideal match with fish, fresh fruit and pastries. Serve chilled at 42-56˚F.

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