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!

On Monday, October 7, Alicia Lini (above) will be speaking and leading a guided tasting at the Women in Wine Leadership Symposium in New York.

From the WWLS website:

    Started in 2012, the Women in Wine Leadership Symposium (WWLS) has a mission to empower and educate women in the wine industry through a series of panel discussions and wine tastings. The WWLS, hosted by Winebow, was the first event of its kind with winemakers from around the world, sommeliers, retailers, educators, and journalists coming together to create a collective dialogue on experiences, insights, and strategies for success.

The invitation-only event is attended by the best-of-the-best among today’s wine media members and wine producers.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that Alicia was asked to present Lini wines and talk about her experiences as a wine professional and the fourth generation of the Lini winery.

See the complete list of featured speakers here.

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out to taste with Alicia this week in New York City at the Winebow/Leonardo LoCascio Selections portfolio tasting!

It’s been such a wonderful experience working with our new importer, Winebow: The professionalism, the breadth of knowledge, the amazing people, and the bandwidth of Winebow and its staff has been nothing short of spectacular. And it was such a thrill to pour our wines at Lincoln Center (below).

Thank you to all the talented wine professionals who took time out to share the joy of Lini Lambrusco with us this week!

On Monday, our blogmaster stopped by the winery to snap the above shot of Lambrusco Salamino clusters ripening on the estate’s vineyards (literally right across the road from the winery).

“The harvest is looking good,” said winemaker Fabio Lini. “We had a warm but fortunately dry August and the grapes are ripening beautifully.”

He still isn’t sure when they will start picking this year but said harvest would “probably begin early next week.”

What a glorious time to stroll through the vineyards surrounded by these beautiful bunches!

A ton of people have been asking about the above photo, posted last week by Alicia’s brother Pibe on the winery’s Facebook.

The dish is Zuppa Gallurese, a decadent layered cheese and bread savory pudding from the Gallura region of northern Sardinia (a note from our English-language blog master: the Italian zuppa can be translated as both soup and pudding in English, depending on the context/dish; in this case, pudding is the appropriate translation).

A Google search for a recipe swiftly led us to one of our favorite Italian food blogs, Our Italian Table, where we found this wonderful recipe for Zuppa Gallurese.

The wine? It speaks for itself.

Buon appetito!

It’s Labor Day weekend in the U.S., a long weekend when a lot of you will be heading to the beach for the last time this summer.

What will you be packing in your cooler?

May we humbly suggest Lini Lambrusco!

It’s light in alcohol.

This is super important for wines that you take to the beach and drink under the hot sun).

It’s refreshing, with bright fruit flavors.

Again, you definitely want something that freshens the palate and the spirit when you’re outdoors in warm weather).

It’s light in body and a versatile partner at the table.

A lot of folks will be grilling this weekend and Lambrusco — whether white, rosé, or red — makes for such a great match with the classic dishes of summer, from salads to hot dogs.

It sparkles like the sea.

Need we say more?

Happy Labor Day, everyone! Enjoy the long weekend!

One of the trends that we’ve been noticing this summer is that countless wine and lifestyle writers in the U.S. have been recommending Lambrusco as their ideal pairing for steak.

That’s great news… but it’s no news to us!

One of the things that a lot of people don’t realize about Lambrusco is that the family of Lambrusco grape varieties is among the most tannic among Italian grapes.

Here at Lini, we make most of our wines with Lambrusco Salamino, one of the darker and more tannic varieties.

But the thing that sets Lambrusco apart from the classic tannic grape varieties paired with steak like Cabernet Sauvignon (arguably the most popular) and Pinot Noir is that Lambrusco also delivers wonderful freshness and lower alcohol levels than its still counterparts.

In Emilia where Lambrusco is made (and where we live and eat), steak and lamb are regularly served at home and in restaurants. And Emilians, who religiously and almost exclusively serve Lambrusco, regularly pair their steaks and other grilled meats (pork chops in particular) with Lambrusco.

Try it and you’ll thank us!