Falling for Falistra

BY Margot Mazur  @solomargot

BY Margot Mazur


Podere Il Saliceto Falistra

I like knowing that I’m drinking wine made by interesting people. Wine is a product, after all, and someone makes it. Those people, just like any other person who makes any other product, have personalities. Just as it makes me not want to consume a product made by someone who goes against my values or is just not a great human, it makes my heart jump for joy knowing I’m drinking wine made by a person I admire. I like to think that a producer’s personality makes it into the wine, as a part of the terroir almost, and I believe that even more so with Falistra.

Podere Il Saliceto’s Gian Paolo Isabella may be more known in different communities for his Muay Thai skills than his wine. He lives in Modena, home of Parmesan, balsamic vinegar, and the incredible grapes of Lambrusco. There are six varieties of Lambrusco—Lambrusco di Sorbara is the most well known in Modena, and the one used for Isabella’s Falistra, which he turns into a rosé. Each Lambrusco variety has its own characteristics—Lambrusco di Sorbara gives a racy acid to a wine, and elevates Falistra. It gives it some bounce, some life, some fun.

Lambrusco grapes are secret grapes to me—they don’t scream for attention. They’re not international varieties. In fact, they’re not grown outside of Italy, except for a tiny grouping in Argentina. Lambrusco has endemic place in the region of Emiliga-Romagna, making it all the more special and unique in the world of wine.

Lambrusco may be known in the United States for super sweet red wines, but much of Lambrusco is quite dry. It can be a still red wine, a rose, or a sparkling wine—which is what we know it for the most. We can expect most Lambruso to be a darker shade of red, but Falistra defies expectations. It’s a sparkling rose that makes you say “Lambrusco?”. It’s strawberries, cherries, herbs, it somehow manages to still be earthy. It’s Lambrusco, all right—it’s unique. It’s a wine that you can drink with literally anything. It’s bright, it’s exciting, and most of all it’s fun.

Drink this lambo at a BBQ with some grilled peppers while it’s still hot out. It’ll surprise you!