The Wines of Emilia Roma


Have you ever had one of those days where nothing goes correctly?

I now have in my possession two blackerry-cherry pies. Normally this would be a good thing, except for some reason I had forgotten to add a binder to the fruit. So instead, I have blackberry-cherry soup, wrapped by an immpeccable pie pastry.

Then, just to make things a little worse, the entire city of Seattle seems to want to avoid purchasing any wine from the Emilia-Romagna region.

I wanted to purchase a crisp, dry Lambrusco, but I’ve been thwarted. I dreamed of tasting a white made from the Malvasia, Trebbiano or Ortrugo grapes. But alas, none could be obtained. I even thought about what it would be like to have a sip of Albana di Romagna. But…well, you get the idea.

In the seven places I looked, I came up with one bottle…one. That’s pretty sad I think. A 2001 Umberto Cesari Sangiovese di Romagna. Sangiovese is one of the more popular grapes in this section of Italy.

Not that I have anything against Sangiovese. I don’t. But I’ve already tried Sangiovese in the form a a Tuscan Chianti. Because when you drink Chianti, you’re having at least 75-85% Sangiovese grapes in your wine. I wanted to try something new.

So if you’re into wines from Emilia-Romagna region, there are plenty of options…as long as you don’t go looking for them in Seattle.


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