He’s a big part of the Lini winery’s spirit.

Alessio “Pibe” Lini, above (his nickname is pronounced PEE-beh, like the soccer star “El Pibe,” meaning “the Kid”).

“Lawyer, runner, dreamer, lover,” reads the tagline on his Instagram, where his more than 25,000 followers await his poetic reflections on life and pragmatic advice for the soul.

A former soccer star and music industry lawyer, he’s as much social media sensation as he is lifestyle guru when he’s not on the road selling Lini wines across Italy.

He was recently profiled by the popular Italian lifestyle, arts, and finance online magazine BeBeez.

Here’s an excerpted translation of the piece:

    I was born into a family that has been making wine in a village in the Reggio Emilia [province] valley for 110 years. Each September we harvest our grapes. Traffic is forced to a standstill by tractors that come and go from the wineries. They’re full of grapes plucked from the vines by teams of pickers. The folks who work the harvest come from all walks of life, people of all ages.
    There’s not one kid who hasn’t spent a harvest picking grapes to scrape a few extra bucks for the winter.
    Today, we receive prizes and awards from all over the world for what we do. And I’m proud of that. But this is where I’m from.

We love him, we need him, and we couldn’t live without him. He’s such a big part of what makes Lini special. Wines that transcend simple pleasure and become the joy of life and living itself.

Check out the profile (in Italian) here.

Image via Pibe’s Instagram.

From the February 2020 issue of Food & Wine magazine:

LINI 910 Labrusca Rosso NV

Forget everything you know about Lambrusco. This dry sparkling red — almost purple — wine is made by a fourth generation producer in the tiny Italian town of Canolo. Full of dark berry fruit, it’s one of my favorite winter dinner-party pours.

Ray Isle (above with Alicia)
Executive Wine Editor
Food & Wine

American friends and wine lovers,

As you are probably already aware, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is currently considering the implementation of 100 percent tariffs on wines produced in the European Union, including Italian wines.

Using the first two links below, you can writes to your representatives in congress expressing your concern (it takes just a few clicks to fill out the form and generate a pre-written “form” letter that will be sent to your senators and your congressperson).

The third link can be used to post a comment on the USTR website. The deadline for submitting comments to the USTR is Monday, January 13.

Thank you for making your voice heard.

Write to your senators (via the National Association of Wine Retailers):
https://account.votility.com/enterprise/NAWR/ec/697

To your congressperson (via the National Association of Wine Retailers):
https://account.votility.com/enterprise/NAWR/ec/698

To the United States Trade Representative (USTR):
https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=USTR-2019-0003-2518

The deadline to register your concern with the USTR is Monday, January 13.

It seemed like Lini was EVERYWHERE this holiday season!

Forbes called Lini Lambrusco one of “Four Great Bottles Of Bubbly To Pop On New Year’s Eve”.

Town and Country named Lini Lambrusco one of the best wines to pair with meat dishes (“From oysters and caviar to fried chicken, here’s what to eat with your next bottle of bubbly”).

Cooking Light included Lini Lambrusco in its sparkling wine buying guide.

And one of our favorite wine bloggers and wine educators, Tracy Ellen Kamens, Ed.D., DWS, CWE, posted tasting notes for two of her favorite wines by Lini.

Here’s what she had to say about the wines (below).

We hope you had a great holiday season! Looking forward to a sparkling 2020! Happy new year!

Lini 910 NV Lambrusco Rosé

Typical of the region, this wine is produced by the Charmat Method, the same method used in the production of Prosecco. This process retains the fresh fruit flavors of the grapes, which are present on the nose and palate of this lovely wine. Floral, fresh herbs and ripe cherries greet the nose and persist on the palate, with medium+ body, freshness and long length.

Lini 910 2006 Lambrusco Metodo Classico Rosso Millesimato

As a Metodo Classico wine, this Lambrusco was crafted using the Traditional Method, the same production technique used in Champagne, whereby the wine spends a significant amount of time in contact with the spent yeast (aka lees). Given its more complex production, this wine offered up beautiful notes of yeast, cherries and berries. The rich blackberry flavors were balanced with lively acidity and very long length.

Image via the It’s A Winederful Life blog.

“This very dry, earthy, ruby-red version,” writes leading wine critic Elin McCoy for Bloomberg this month, “is like liquid cranberries, perfect for drinking while you wrap presents.”

It’s one of her “fun fizz” recommendations for her widely followed “50 Best Wines under $50” column this year.

Click here for all of her picks.

Happy holidays, everyone!