Jun 292011

Shaker One here-back for another sip of all things fizzy.   So as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not much of a wine drinker.  I enjoy hearty reds with meals.  But wine is a “drink with food” beverage for me.  And for some odd reason -bubblies aside- I only drink reds.  While grabbing a few bottles of my new friend Lambrusco (red) I noticed that they had the same brand in white….hmmmm.  I was intrigued.


You know the drill:  glass, ice, toss in a few berries for fun and here we go.

Nice!  Very nice.  Soft, not too sweet and none of that “oaky” chardonnay taste I loathe.  You could very easily make a white sangria from this for the summer….add fresh berries, nectarines, whatever fruit makes you happy.

I’m still crushing hard on my new bestest summer friend Red Lambrusco, but Whitey can stop by every now and then and join in the fun.

Oh Lambruscos, where have you been all my summertimes?

Jun 222011

Hello bubbly fans, Shaker One here with the latest taste of all things fizzy.  After my experience with that retro red Riunite, I became curious about lambruscos.  What are these fizzy chilled reds?  Was the Riunite a fluke, or have I stumbled upon the perfect summer red?

So on my latest trip to Trader Joe’s I poked around and sure enough, they had a few different types.  I grabbed one bottle of a red lambrusco and one bottle of a white lambrusco (to be tasted later).  And last night I had one of those “I’m too tired to make dinner” nights.  Out of the freezer came a Tart D’Alsace (from TJ’s, shocking I know)which is phenomenal by the way……a French style flatbread with ham, caramelized onions and gruyere cheese.  Yum, and a perfect meal paired with a nice arugula salad.  While it baked, I poked around in the fridge pondering a suitable adult beverage.  Hmmm, let’s try that red lambrusco.

Over ice, in a wine goblet with a strawberry and wedge of lemon thrown in for good measure.


Oh my.  This one is fantastic!  Poured out with a nice foamy pink head, it had a fruity smell.  One sip and I’m hooked.  It is refreshing and fruity tasting without being at all sweet.  This will become a regular in my basket on my weekly (ok, bi or tri weekly) TJ’s field trips.  Though we’re “enjoying” the typical June Gloom here in Southern California, I can see this being just the thing to hit the spot on a hot summer day/evening.

And I’ve saved the best for last-this lovely refresher chimes in at around $6 a bottle!  Wow.  Lambrusco, I’m beginning to develop a healthy crush on you.


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