Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC is a red or rosé sparkling wine appellation that was awarded its DOC classification in 1970. It is situated north of Modena near the village of Sorbara in northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. The Sorbara is regarded as the highest-quality Lambrusco wine, mainly due to its more concentrated taste. It has some similarities to Lambrusco Salamino but produces a darker and more full-bodied wine.
The wines come in frizzante and spumante forms, and in various levels of sweetness. They feature a specific clone of the Lambrusco red wine grape variety, named after the village. The wines may undergo second fermentation either in bottle or in pressurized tanks.
The Lambrusco di Sorbara grapes’s most distinctive feature is its flowering anomaly. The vine drops its flowers, reducing yields. This results in the grapes having more concentrated flavors, so what it lacks in quantity is easily made up in quality. Its vines are often planted with those of Lambrusco Salamino. This aids fertilization on sandy alluvial soils.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.