Lambrusco refers to a family of grape varieties that are widely planted in the broad Emilia plain and in the southern part of Lombardy, between the Po (the longest river in Italy) and the city of Modena. Several DOCs (Denominazione di Origine Controllata, the equivalent of the AOC in France) bear this name, including Lambrusco Reggiano, the most important, or a varietal-specific variant (Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce, Lambrusco di Sorbara, Lambrusco Grasparossa du Castelvetro). All of these give rise to amazing sparkling or sparkling red wines, dry and sweet, very often produced using the Charmat method.
What should we open it with? Aperitif, delicatessen foods (for the driest); pizza, a dessert made with red fruits (for the sweetest).