Congratulations to our U.S. importer, Winebow, named one of the “importer of the year 2019” by the editors of Wine & Spirits magazine!

“Next time you’re faced with a sea of wines you don’t recognize,” write the editors, “check the back of the bottle. That’s what we do, looking for importers we recognize and trust, like our six Importers of the Year. They’ve earned the most awards this year, with multiple brands among our Top 100 Wineries, Top 100 Wines and Best Buys of 2019. If you find importers whose tastes and interests align with your own, you’ll have guideposts you can trust to lead you to new bottles.”

Heartfelt congrats to the entire team at Winebow! We love working with you guys!

Yesterday, Alicia spoke and led a guided tasting at the Women in Wine Leadership Symposium in New York — an invitation-only gathering featuring leading women wine professionals from across the world.

That’s Alicia above (left) with Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon, another one of the featured panelists at yesterday’s event.

Known as “Detroit’s First Lady of Wine,” Madeline made history when she became the first American woman, the second woman in the world, and the ninth American to earn the coveted Master Sommelier title. She also made news at the time by passing the notoriously challenging exam on her first attempt — something very few of her colleagues have achieved.

See this superb profile of Madeline in the Atlantic to read more about her trail-blazing career and life.

Chapeau bas, Madeline! Alicia was thrilled to get to meet you and interact with you!

Here’s what Minneapolis-based wine blogger Carin Skowronsky had to say about Lini Lambrusco in a recent post on her wonderful site, Pairs Well With… Thank you, Carin, for taking time out to taste with Alicia and for the kind words!

If there’s a line of Lambrusco that I’m getting behind and absolutely love, it’s the Lini 910 and Lini Charmat wines. A couple of months back, I had a chance to meet winemaker Alicia Lini and taste her entire portfolio of wines. I was blown away. These wines were easily a game changer. Not only were her wines top notch, but it was amazing to hear her story, as well as the background of her winery and the production behind the bottle. These are well worth watching out for at your local bottle shop. Brilliant wines all around.

There’s something interesting that happened in Italy a while back. Italian winemakers in this region were expected to make Lambrusco “the American way,” which meant the overly sweet sugar bomb I described earlier. Italian winemakers, such as Alicia and her family, stood their ground, trusted their production and continued making authentic Lambrusco. As far as I’m concerned, the smart ones finish first. This wine is the bomb.