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.

Alicia Lini (above), writes Wine Spectator editor Alison Napjus in the October 2019 issue of the magazine, “has seen that uphill battle [to teach people about Lambrusco] firsthand.”

“‘I’d come to the U.S., to try to sell, but really it was more to teach consumers what quality Lambrusco could be,’ says Lini of her early experiences in the American market, in 2004. ‘While today, there is a request for Lambrusco. I think Americans [are beginning to] understand, and want to dive into it, to experience it.'”

Alicia and Lini Lambrusco are both featured in Napjus’ wide-ranging piece on the state of Italian sparkling wine in the U.S. and Italy today.

It’s a wonderful and highly informative read, essential for anyone who follows Italian wine.

Check it out here (subscribers only).

We couldn’t be more thrilled to share the news: We just learned that Daniele Cernilli, aka Doctor Wine, has named the 2007 Lini Classic Method Lambrusco the “best single grape wine (Lambrusco)” in the 2020 Guida Essenziale ai Vini d’Italia 2020 (Essential Guide to Italian Wine, 2020 edition).

The score: 95/100!

Veteran wine writer and publisher Daniele Cernilli is widely considered one of Italy’s leading wine critics. His Guida Essenziale has become a benchmark for wine criticism in Italy today. We’ll publish his editors’ tasting notes as soon as they become available.

Thank you, Doctor Wine!

We’ll be joining you September 29 in Milan for the presentation of the new guide and the “best in category” winners!

On the occasion of National Wine and Cheese Day, here’s what radio personality and lifestyle guru JD “the Diva” Janine Davis (above) of WBAV (Charlotte) had to say about Lini Lambrusco:

“I usually like dark, red wines that are full-bodied with a bit of a bite, but lately because of all the hot weather, I’ve been sipping on Lambruscos. Lambrusco is sparkling red wine that could be dry, semi dry or sweet. You can get them just about anywhere… One of my favorite Lambrusco wines is Lini 910 Labrusca Lambrusco Rosso. I’ve had it with everything from pizza to steak.”

Click here for the complete review.

Thank you, JD!

Image via the Janine Davis Facebook fan page.

It’s always exciting to learn that someone liked your wine. It’s even more exciting when that person happens to be one of your favorite bloggers, Cara Rutherford, author of Caravino, one of the leading wine blogs out there (with a focus often on Italian wine).

Here’s what Cara had to say about the Lini Labrusca Rosé”

    right ruby red in colour, with aromas of cherry, candied violet and watermelon. Juicy cranberry, red currant, strawberry, cherry, melon and herbs with a squeeze of citrus glide atop consistent fizz. Clean minerality and bright acidity sparkle, whilst a savoury edge compliments the caramel apple finish. So fruity, so refreshing, a fizzy summer essential.

Click here for the complete review, including notes on the winery and winemaking philosophy.

Thank you, Cara!