Food - Drink
The Italian Wine You Should Be Drinking With Prosciutto
By HALDAN KIRSCH
You've chosen the best meats and cheeses for your charcuterie board, and now all you need is the perfect wine to go with them. Although Prosecco, Italy's well-known sparkling white wine, may be recognizable to you, there is another, darker-colored Italian sparkling wine that goes particularly well with the prosciutto on your charcuterie board.
The Lambrusco grape, which some historians contend was the first variety of grape used to make wine in Italy, is used to manufacture Lambrusco, a sparkling red wine from the Emilia-Romagna area of Northern Italy. This earthy-tasting wine, which can be either sweet or very dry, is a great palate cleanser.
Prosciutto di Parma has a lot of fat, so the tannins in Lambrusco assist to cut the fat and balance out the saltier, leaner flavor of the meat. It's not surprising that Lambrusco and prosciutto di Parma complement each other so well given that they are both from the same area of Northern Italy.