Here’s what Food & Wine magazine executive wine editor Ray Isle had to say about Lini Lambrusco when he first tasted them back in 2007 (“Not Your Grandmother’s Lambrusco”):
These are fresh, vibrant sparkling wines, ideal for summer drinking, and not overwhelmingly expensive, either.
Lini Lambrusco Blanco: White Lambrusco is actually quite common in Emilia-Romagna, though it’s virtually unknown here. Made without any skin contact, this has a scent of red apples and white grapes, and a racy zestiness that makes it an ideal aperitif wine.
Lini Lambrusco Rosé: Crisp strawberry aromas, and bright strawberry-cherry… This is made from the Sorbara grape variety, whose light skin naturally supplies the pale red color.
Lini Lambrusco Rosso: The brisk bubbles in this scour your tongue in an entirely appealing way, while the fresh, crushed-berry fruit and mild hint of earthiness give a hint as to how good this would be paired with a plate of grilled lamb chops.
Here’s what Los Angeles Times wine writer S. Irene Virbila had to say about Lini when she first tasted the wine (from the archives):
Lambrusco, the sparkling red wine from the Po Valley in Italy’s Emilia region, hasn’t had a great rep in this country. But when it’s made well, as in … “Labrusca” from Fabio Lini and family, who have been making the stuff since 1910, it can be a thing of rare beauty. Rich and lush, lightly sparkling and low in alcohol, it’s a perfect picnic wine for a hot summer day, great with salumi or your finest prosciutto, lusty pasta dishes and juicy grilled sausages.
Lini also makes an intriguing Lambrusco rose that you can find at some of the same shops as the red.
This week, the editors of Saveur featured this spritz recipe, “Punch House Spritz,” which includes Lambrusco — “preferably Lini 910 Lambrusco Rosato” — as one of its ingredients.
The recipe was developed by leading wine and spirits writers Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau, authors of the landmark book on the history of the spritz and its current renaissance, Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail (Ten Speed 2016).
We were thrilled to learn that Lini’s rosé has been awarded the “Corona” (“Crown”) prize by the editors of the 2019 Vini Buoni d’Italia (“Good Wines from Italy”) guide, the publication’s top honor.
Click here for the complete list of winners. (It’s not bad company to keep!)
The Vini Buoni d’Italia guide is devoted exclusively to Italy’s native grape varieties and native wines. We couldn’t be more pleased to be among the winners of this year’s prestigious prize.
All of the winners will be presented at this year’s Merano Wine Festival, November 9-13.
We hope to see you there!
One of the things that we love about Lambrusco is its wonderful versatility.
Its agility at the table makes it a great match for brunch, like the classic-contemporary brunch menu at one of Seattle’s favorite restaurants, Brimmer & Heeltap.
Check out the menu here (we can’t wait to try “Greens, eggs, and ham”!).
We couldn’t be more proud to be part of their excellent wine program.
Thank you, Brimmer & Heeltap, for your support! We’ll look forward to seeing you in early 2019 when Alicia Lini comes back to the U.S.!
Brimmer & Heeltap
425 NW Market St.
Seattle WA 98107
Image via the Brimmer & Heeltap Facebook.
Above: The already legendary squid-ink “chitarra” pasta at Nobie’s, one of Houston’s hippest new restaurants (image via the Nobie’s Facebook).
We couldn’t have been more thrilled to find out that Lini Lambrusco Rosé is now served at Nobie’s, one of the latest entries in Houston’s growing food and wine scene (opened last year; see this Houston Press review).
(Celebrity chef David Chang called Houston “the most exciting food city in America” earlier this year.)
Wine director and general manager Sara Stayer has created an amazing wine program there with a focus on small-scale growers and artisanal winemaking.
It’s so great to know that our wine is in good hands!
Thank you, Nobie’s, and thank you, Sara! We can’t wait to get back to Houston next year to eat at your wonderful restaurant.
2048 Colquitt St.
Houston TX 77098