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Wine Pairing

Wines: 2018 Fondo Bozzole, “Cocai” Lambrusco Marani, Lombardy, Italy
Regularly $19.99, Special Price $16.99

Cheese: Parmigiano-Reggiano 36 Month
Regularly $19.99/lb, Special Price $15.99

Ah spring. It’s coming a little early this year, it seems. Normally this is a time when people are out and about, enjoying the warmer days, and just generally feeling good about coming out of the winter doldrums. And this year it seems like there’s a sense of unease due to the current global events. People are a little anxious and I get it. I really do. I’m also anxious. But speaking for myself, I find that there are certain things that serve as a reminder that good days are ahead and that spring brings the promise of new beginnings and new growth. One of those things is when I attempt to do some landscaping in my yard. Many hours/days of toil usually result in me saying “Aw, to heck with it. I’ll just mow whatever grows.” Landscaping isn’t my strength. Wine on the other hand, is totally my thing. And the kind of wine I love in the spring is light, fresh, tasty and (whenever possible) fizzy. Which brings us to this week’s wine…

Fondo Bozzole is a winery run by Franco and Mario Accorsi in the village of Mantova, in southern Lombardy. The farm was started by their grandfather but it was only in recent years that some old vineyards were rehabilitated and used for the production nearly-lost Lambrusco varietals. Working organically, yields are limited and natural fermentations and low sulfur additions are key to their production. This particular wine is named after a local poet who wrote under the pseudonym of Merlinus Cocaius. Made from the varietal Lambrusco Marani, this is straight up deliciousness in a bottle. An intriguing mix of lightheartedness and serious complexity, this is one of those wines that not just goes with almost everything, it kind of makes everything look great. Raspberries and pomegranate cascade over your palate with delightful effervescence followed by a clean, dry finish. A natural pairing with all manner of foods, I’d recommend having this with some Parmigiano Reggiano and a little salumi on the side.

The details: 100% organically grown Lambrusco Marani grown on the clay and limestone soils of Mantova. Hand harvested, natural fermentation in stainless steel. Re-fermented in bottle with must from original harvest. Minimal sulfur additions and no filtering or fining.

This cheese is a delicious, full-flavored eating cheese. It began its life seven centuries ago in the Italian provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, part of Bologna and part of Mantua. Nature blessed this zone with the most idealistic cattle grazing land to create the unique milk from the “Zone Tripica”. The local cheese craftsmen took it from there, utilizing a totally natural process that has not changed for 700 years. No additives, no machinery, no gimmicks. Just sweet, fresh milk in its pristine state, the artisan’s ancient skills, and then nature’s own good time.

This Parmigiano Reggiano Stravecchio is aged a full 36 months. At this age, it has a deeper, golden color, and has even more crunchy crystals. Full and fruity with a slightly salty tang, this cheese goes marvelously with this Lambrusco.