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
Google map

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!

Here are some tweets from some of our favorite American wine writers…

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On Sunday, our American blogger hosted a “Lambrusco and BBQ” party in Houston, Texas where he lives with his family.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know that Texas BBQ (not just BBQ but TEXAS bbq) has become a worldwide phenomenon. Even in outposts as far away as Brooklyn and Rome (yes, no joke!) and Napa, smokers are smoking dry-rub brisket just like the way they do it in the Lone Star state.

In Texas, they pair either ice tea or beer with BBQ.

But, as our blogger has discovered over his years in Texas, Lambrusco makes for the ideal pairing: Served cold, with gentle bubbles, a hint of sweetness, and the right balance of acidity and tannin to cut through the heat and fattiness of the ‘cue (as they call it down there), Lambrusco is a natural match for this style of cooking. And it makes perfect sense: Even though they don’t smoke their meats in Emilia, the spiritual homeland of Lambrusco, there are many parallels between the heartiness of the two culinary traditions.

Like no other, Lini embodies the joy of the Emilian people and their favorite wine, Lambrusco. That joy was on display last Sunday in Houston.

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We were thrilled to learn that leading Italian wine writer Daniele Cernilli (aka Doctor Wine) and his editors have named Lini’s 2006 In Correggio Rosso Millesimato a “best monovarietal wine” in its category (Lambrusco), giving it a whopping 95 points.

Earlier this year, Cernilli wrote that the wine is “not only the best Lambrusco of the year, it’s one of the best ever.”

(He and his editors awarded it “best Labmrusco” in their 2019 guide to the wines of Italy, which was published this month.)