Lambrusco is an ancient vine that is considered by many to be the ancestor of many of Emilia Romagna’s domestic vines. In fact the history of Lambrusco dates back to antiquity and has been spoken of throughout time by some of the most famous poets and writers of the classical age (Virgil, Cato, Varrone, Pliny the Elder), who in their works describe a “Labrusca vitis”, which was a wild vine producing sour fruits that used to grow on the edge of the countryside.
Over the centuries, thanks to the devotion of the Emilian people, Lambrusco has evolved and flourished, which allowed it to become successful worldwide, with its immense popularity dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century. Oenologist Sandro Cavicchioli confirms Lambrusco’s long and storied history in a conversation we had with him on the subject;
Lambrusco is part of an ancient winemaking history. Since 1900 the wine has received numerous awards from international competitions from all over the world. To be clear, the Lambrusco of the beginning of the 20th century was profoundly different from today’s, although no one doubts it was Lambrusco! Today it is a wine capable of expressing a range of sensations that consumers 100 years ago were precluded. Most evidently, is the light freshness for which it is most recognized for all over the world.
It is a red wine that can be crisp or sparkling, it is characterized by its brilliant ruby red colour and should be served at 12-14 °C in order to fully capture its unique fragrances and taste. Lambrusco was born in Modena, in Emilia-Romagna, but is now known throughout Italy and the world.
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.