Earlier this year, Ian D’Agata, the world’s leading English-language Italian-focused ampelographer and one of the top tasters working in the field (a senior editor at Antonio Galloni’s Vinous), tasted and scored Lini wines, giving them 91 points across the board. Here are his scores and notes.
Lini NV Lambrusco Labrusca Rosso
Bright ruby with a strong mousse of small bubbles. Fragrant aromas of blueberries and strawberry are similar to the flavors. Zingy acidity provides lift and clarity on the long bright finish. A blend of 85% Lambrusco Salamino and 15% Lambrusco Ancellotta made with secondary fermentation in autoclave for three months.
Lini NV Lambrusco Scuro
Deep ruby. Very fruity forward nose of red berries, black cherry and tar. Then hints of licorice and underbrush mingle with the dark cherry and berry flavors. Finishes long with zingy acidity and a creamy touch. A blend of 85% Lambrusco Salamino and 15% Ancellotta that spends six months on the lees. Made with the Charmat Martinotti method (in autoclave).
Lini 2004 Lambrusco Metodo Classico
Deep red with a strong mousse. Overtly fruity nose of red cherry, red berries and aromatic herbs. Then juicy and fresh, with a building austerity in the middle and zingy acidity nicely framing the red berry and herbal flavors.
Sending a big shout-out and warm hug today to the amazing Lynette Hawkins and her wonderful Italian restaurant in Houston, Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino, where Lini Labrusca Rosso has just made its debut!
Lynette is one of the pioneers of authentic Italian cuisine in Houston — and in Texas for that matter.
When our American blogger Jeremy first moved to Texas 10 years ago, it was challenging to find genuine Italian cuisine between Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. And Lynette’s restaurant was one of the first places to be recognized by food lovers and food writers as a new benchmark for Italian food in the state.
Today that’s all changed and there are myriad Italian restaurants across the region. But her Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino remains a stand-out and one of Texans’ favorite places to enjoy Italian soul food (it’s the best way to describe her cooking, btw).
We couldn’t be more proud to be part of the program!
Thank you, Lynette! Grazie di cuore!
Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino
3215 Westheimer Rd.
Houston TX 77098
Image via the Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino Facebook.
This week the Lini family treated their American blogger to a wonderful meal at Osteria del Filosso in downtown Correggio, not far from the winery.
Together they enjoyed a classic luncheon of culatello and Parmigiano Reggiano, paired with Lini Lambruso Rosé (above).
And then tortelli verdi (Swiss chard ravioli) paired with Lini Lambrusco Rosso (below).
But what, he asked, does the word filosso mean?
A filosso is a chat between a group of friends.
It comes from the Italian word filare, which means to thread.
In the olden days, when people would get together to weave hemp, they would pass the time talking about this and that, as the saying goes.
And thus was born the word filosso.
We can’t recommend the Osteria del Filosso highly enough! (And our blogger thoroughly enjoyed it!)
Osteria del Filosso
Corso Cavour 4
42015 Correggio RE
+39 0522 632367
This week, the Corriere della Sera (one of Italy’s top daily newspapers, the Italian “New York Times”) featured Lini’s wines as a top gift idea. Click here for the link (in Italian).
If ever there were a wine synonymous with joy, it’s Lambrusco: It sparkles, it bubbles, it tickles, and it rewards the wine lover with rich aromas and food-friendly flavors.
And as the editors of Food and Wine magazine declared recently, it’s the perfect wine to accompany the foods that we Americans eat during the holiday season.
This year, give the gift of Lambrusco as you share the season’s joy!
Above: Last year, Lini wines and Alicia Lini were featured in the pages of Vogue.
From Wine Spectator to the Boston Globe, from Food & Wine magazine to Decanter, Lini wines have appeared in nearly every one of the world’s major wine publications.
We’ve collected them, including English-language translations of Italian reviews, in this thread.
And you can also download a “highlights reel” here (PDF). It includes the Wine Spectator Top 100 Italian Wines list where Lini became the first-ever Lambrusco to make the cut.
It’s a great tool for wine shops and wine retailers as we head in to the final stretch of the holiday season.
Happy Holidays, everyone! Happy Lambrusco!
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? 😉
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends in the U.S.! Wishing you a very Lambrusco holiday!