Canada love month continues with a warm shout-out to Willow Park Wines & Spirits in Calgary, Alberta.

Not only are they an independent wine and spirits retailer. But they are also constantly giving back to and supporting their community through their “Vintage Fund.”

It’s a really cool shop with a wonderful staff that really knows it stuff.

Thank you Willow Park for supporting Lini wines! And thank you for all you do for our community!

The Lini family and the whole team at Lini 910 would like to share its thanks to the staff at deVine Wine and Spirits in downtown Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) for their ongoing support! We love you guys.

From the shop’s website:

Located in the very heart of downtown Edmonton in the historic Warehouse District, deVine Wines & Spirits has been providing our valued customers with a carefully selected portfolio of fine wines, premium spirits and craft beers since 2005. We look forward to serving our many new neighbors who have recently chosen to live Downtown and the many new visitors who will soon be visiting Downtown to attend events in the Ice District.

deVine Wines & Spirits is an independently owned business. We aim to offer you great customer service and products at fair prices. Please visit us at our store for personalized and professional service for all your individual or corporate needs. Whether you are planning a special dinner, event or party, selecting corporate gifts or thinking about building a wine cellar, we are here to help.

In recognition of the high level of customer service we provided and the shopping experience we created, our customers have voted us “Best Wine Store” for many years in Vue Magazine. Our peers at the Alberta Liquor Stores Association (ALSA) voted deVine Wines “Retailer of the Year” in 2006 and 2014. Thank you for your past and continued support!

Image via the deVine Wines and Spirits Facebook.

That’s Pablo, our favorite wine shop dog!

He spends his days at the 17th Avenue Liquor Boutique in Calgary (Alberta, Canada).

And he’s a big supporter of Lini 910!

Thank you 17th Ave. Liquor Boutique for sharing our wines with your city. We love you guys! Please say hello to Pablo for us!

Image via the 17th Ave. Liquor Boutique Instagram.

Last night Alicia hosted more than 50 guests at a sold out wine dinner at Roma restaurant in Houston.

Many local wine luminaries were in attendance, including Houston Chronicle wine writer, Dale Robertson “the Sporty Wine Guy” and many notable collectors.

It was a wonderful night to be in Texas! Heartfelt thanks to Roma owner Shanon Scott for inviting us to present our wines. What a fantastic event!

Join Vinitaly International director Stevie Kim, leading wine communicator Susannah Gold, and Alicia for a chat in Stevie’s Clubhouse “Ambassador’s Corner” this Friday, 9/24, at 8 p.m CET/2 p.m. EST.

Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with three of Italian wine’s leading professionals. Look for Stevie’s “Ambassador’s Corner” on Clubhouse.

We were thrilled to see the Lini family and the wines of Lini 910 featured on a fantastic Lambrusco-centric post by leading American wine blogger Susannah Gold, one of top experts on Italian wine in the country.

Her blog, Avvinare, is a great resource for Italian wine education.

We love how she talked about Lambrusco in cultural, historic, and gastronomic contexts. That’s the type of wine writing, in our humble opinion, that gives readers a broader perspective on the wine — and even more reason to enjoy it!

Brava Susannah! Grazie per il post bellissimo!

Click here for her wonderful post.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that Alicia will be virtually presenting a flight of her wines this Friday, May 28, at 5 p.m. PST.

The event will be hosted by the Wine Country in Long Beach, California, where sparkling wine expert Samantha Dugan who runs one of the best bubbly programs in the country.

Guests in Long Beach can purchase and pick up the wines for the event at the store. But all are welcome for this Zoom call.

Please send an email to our blog runner Jeremy, who will also be speaking about Alicia’s wines, if you would like to get the link.

We hope to “see” you then! Thanks for the support!

We were so thrilled to learn that Wanda Mann (above), one of our favorite American wine writers, will be appearing on a panel entitled “The Language of Wine” at the 2021 Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley in May.

She’ll be joined by other top names in wine writing today like (our friend) Ray Isle (Food & Wine), Erica Duecy (Pix), Reva Singh (Sommelier India Wine Magazine), and Jeannie Cho Lee (The Asian Palate).

One thing that’s really cool about this year’s virtual gathering (one of the wine writing world’s most prestigious, if not the most prestigious) is that the entire program will be offered online. In the past, of course, you had to travel to Napa to attend.

Professional wine writers can apply here.

Some of our friends will remember that Wanda did a live interview with Alicia last summer. Check it out here. It’s been great to follow her career and her meteoric rise as one of the country’s highest-profile wine writers. We hope we “see” you on the occasion of her panel!

On Saturday, March 27, at 5 p.m. EST, Alicia will be joining celebrity sommelier Heath Porter for a virtual tasting of her family’s wines in Miami (although guests can tune in from anywhere).

Click here for details and registration info.

That’s the tasting laboratory at the offices of Wine Spectator magazine in midtown Manhattan.

And here are the magazine’s most recent scores for our wines.

Lambrusco In Correggio Scuro 89 (2020)
Lambrusco In Correggio Rosé 89 (2020)
Lambrusco Labrusca Rosso 88 (2020)
Lambrusco Labrusca Rosé 88 (2020)

You may remember that the editors named the Lini Lambrusco Labrusca Rosé their number-one “Best Sparkling Value” back in 2019.

And in 2020 they named the Lini Lambrusco Labrusca Rosso one of their overall “Best Values.”

Those are just a few highlights from our recent mentions and accolades in the U.S. media.

See all of our mentions in the press here.

Above: American sommelier Heath Porter at the Château de Bagnols in Beaujolais (pre-pandemic photo).

On Saturday, March 27, at 5 p.m. EST, Alicia will be joining celebrity sommelier Heath Porter for a virtual tasting of her family’s wines in Miami (although guests can tune in from anywhere).

Click here for details and registration info.

Heath managed some of the most critically acclaimed wine lists in the U.S. before launching his wine tours business, Heathen Wine Tours, a few years ago. With travel on hold, he has now shifted to virtual and socially distanced events.

Check out this interview with Heath about how he has managed to rebuild a successful business in the time of the pandemic (by our blog master).

This is just the first in a series of virtual events where Alicia will be appearing in upcoming weeks. Be sure to stay tuned for more opportunities to taste and interact with her.