That’s Jayne Battle, above, owner and namesake of Jaynes Gastropub in San Diego, one of our favorite restaurants in California.
Last week, after Food & Wine magazine called Lambrusco “the perfect Thanksgiving wine,” Jayne and her husband Jon put Lini Lambrusco to the Thanksgiving test: Lini Lambrusco was the official pairing for their Thanksgiving 2018!
Sending a big shout-out and lots of love to Jayne, Jon, and the whole team at Jaynes. Thank you, guys! We can’t wait to get back out there in early 2019.
P.S. Whatcha pouring for Christmas? 😉
It seems like just yesterday that we asked whether or not Lambrusco could be the perfect Thanksgiving wine (well, actually, it was last week).
So it came as no surprise to us when the editors of Food & Wine published this piece on Friday: “What is Lambrusco — and Why It Could Be the Perfect Thanksgiving Red Wine.”
“A Thanksgiving dinner,” writes Jillian Kramer for the magazine, “is reason to celebrate — with a refreshing, versatile red wine, that is. According to the sommeliers we spoke with, Lambrusco is one of the best wines to pour for a holiday toast or to sip alongside a six-course meal.”
One of the wine professionals she talks to tells her, “the intense red fruit — think, cherry and strawberry — flavors of dry Lambrusco would complement game birds, turkey and ham,” some of the classic fixings for the Thanksgiving piece.
It’s a great article chock full of useful information about Lambrusco and why it works so well at a meal like the Thanksgiving feast.
Check it out here. And thank you, Jillian, for loving Lambrusco as much as we do!
Photo: A Thanksgiving plate in Southeast Texas by our blogger Jeremy Parzen aka Do Bianchi.
We loved Eric Asimov’s column last week for the New York Times, notes from his yearly Thanksgiving tasting panel.
In it he writes:
We emphasize that choosing wines for Thanksgiving is not an exercise in pairing. The meal — especially the sort of potluck buffet where guests bring all sorts of family favorites — is too complex and disparate to worry about precision matching.
Instead, we suggest picking versatile wines that go with many different sorts of flavors. And we are wary of wines that are more than 14 percent alcohol.
Eric and his tasting panel didn’t taste or recommend any Lambrusco for this year’s Thanksgiving feast (although Eric is a HUGE Lambrusco fan and he has recommended Lini Lambrusco many times in his columns over the years).
But we really appreciated what he had to say about picking versatile wines that go with many different flavors.
That’s Lambrusco to a tee!
We were also struck by his advice: We are wary of wines that are more than 14 percent alcohol.
One of the best things about Lambrusco is its restrained alcohol, usually around 11 percent (far below the threshold that Eric recommends).
Another thing that he recommends is economy in selecting Thanksgiving wines. Each year, he caps the bottle price at $25.
We imagine an unruly feast, with lots of people, perhaps served buffet-style. For a big group, chances are nobody will want an exorbitant wine bill, hence our price cap.
Versatility in pairing?
The answer is spelled L I N I L A M B R U S C O!
There’s a saying often repeated among American food and wine professionals (the first time our American blogger heard it, it was uttered by legendary restaurateur Danny Meyer): If it grows with it, it goes with it.
We just loved this post by veteran wine blogger and writer Vicki Denig on “The wines to drink with 7 iconic Italian dishes.”
White truffles from Piedmont? Nebbiolo (check!)
Bistecca fiorentina? Chianti (is there any other?)
Trenette with Pesto? Vermentino (so good)
And, of course, ragù alla bolognese? None other than Lambrusco!
When you travel to Emilia, you’ll find that the Emilians drink nothing but Lambrusco. It’s the canonical pairing for their style of cooking and their famous food products (Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello, salumi, Parmigiano Reggiano, etc.).
Italy’s intrinsic regionalism is part of what makes the mosaic of its gastronomy so fascinating and compelling.
We couldn’t have been more thrilled that Vicki recommended our wines in her post.
Thank you, Vicki!
Click here for the post.
On Sunday, our American blogger hosted a “Lambrusco and BBQ” party in Houston, Texas where he lives with his family.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know that Texas BBQ (not just BBQ but TEXAS bbq) has become a worldwide phenomenon. Even in outposts as far away as Brooklyn and Rome (yes, no joke!) and Napa, smokers are smoking dry-rub brisket just like the way they do it in the Lone Star state.
In Texas, they pair either ice tea or beer with BBQ.
But, as our blogger has discovered over his years in Texas, Lambrusco makes for the ideal pairing: Served cold, with gentle bubbles, a hint of sweetness, and the right balance of acidity and tannin to cut through the heat and fattiness of the ‘cue (as they call it down there), Lambrusco is a natural match for this style of cooking. And it makes perfect sense: Even though they don’t smoke their meats in Emilia, the spiritual homeland of Lambrusco, there are many parallels between the heartiness of the two culinary traditions.
Like no other, Lini embodies the joy of the Emilian people and their favorite wine, Lambrusco. That joy was on display last Sunday in Houston.
The Lini USA blog would like to share its heartfelt thanks to the owners of Jaynes Gastropub in San Diego, Jayne Battle and Jon Erickson, and the roughly 30 food and wine lovers who came out to taste with our American blogger Jeremy Parzen aka Do Bianchi.
What a great afternoon and what a great group of people!
That’s the legendary Jaynes Burger, above, a great pairing for our Lambruscos!
Jaynes currently serves all four of the Lambruscos that we presented last Saturday.
When you visit Reggio Emilia province where we live, you don’t exactly find a lot of seafood restaurants. In fact, you won’t find any.
Emilia, our region, is known food-wise mostly for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, prosciutto and culatello (and other kinds of salumi), homemade pasta (filled and long noodles), and Lambrusco (of course).
We don’t live on the sea and so we eat landfood almost exclusively.
But the other day when we noticed that our wine is on the list at the famous Mermaid Oyster Bar in Manhattan (New York City), we weren’t surprised.
Oysters are a notoriously challenging wine pairing. And for some odd reason that no one really understands, Lambrusco actually makes for a great match. In fact, countless sommeliers across Italy like to pair Lambrusco with raw oysters, especially Lambrusco di Sorbara (like our rosé Lambrusco, which you’ll find at the Mermaid Oyster Bar).
Most speculate that the extreme brininess needs the rich fruit flavors of Lambrusco. And many believe that Lambrusco refreshing effervescence is what makes it so good with oysters with their intense flavor.
Mysteries of the wine world aside, we couldn’t be more thrilled that our wine is being put to good use!
Mermaid Oyster Bar
79 Macdougal St.
New York NY 10012
Image via the Mermaid Oyster Bar Facebook.