“Few companies successfully play in both the import and distribution businesses like Winebow,” writes veteran wine industry reporter Laura Pelner for Market Watch this month.

“The Virginia-based company is a leader for fine wine and spirits importation and distribution, representing 1,200 producer partners in 20 states and covering 70% of the country’s wine consumption, with revenues totaling $770 million a year. Winebow simultaneously juggles the complexities of multi-state distribution and the dynamics of importing wine from 12 countries, creating a vibrant platform for its supplier partners. The company has changed immensely over the course of its nearly 40-year history, becoming a bicoastal wholesaler and rebranding itself to unify its many different parts under one name. Through it all, a commitment to quality and culture has remained intact, putting Winebow in a unique space that’s hard to match.”

Click here to read the complete article (now online), the cover story this month for Market Watch, one of the wine industry’s leading trade publications.

The Lini winery couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of the Winebow family. It’s a new and exciting chapter for the estate, which spans four generations of the Lini family.

Congratulations to our friends and partners at Winebow!

Above: Alicia Lini poured for tasters in Minneapolis at the Winebow/Leonardo LoCascio Selections Vini d’Italia tasting earlier this week. That’s Alicia with the Winebow tour crew below.

We are very pleased to share the following press released, recently circulated by Winebow/LLS:

    LLS (Leonardo LoCascio Selections), a division of Winebow Imports dedicated to premium Italian wines, is pleased to announce that it is the exclusive U.S. importer of Lini, an artisanal, traditional producer of Lambrusco, a sparkling red wine from Emilia-Romagna. Lini joins a portfolio that represents more than 60 wineries throughout Italy.
    Lini recently rebranded as Lini910, for 1910, the year that the Lini family first began making Lambrusco. The winery, which also produces traditional balsamic vinegar, was started by Oreste Lini in Correggio, a town in the heart of the Lambrusco production area. Still a family business, it is currently being run by winemaker Fabio Lini and his siblings, Anita and Massimo, with the help of the fourth generation – Alicia, Alessio, and their cousin, Alberto.
    Historically, Lambrusco was produced as a crisp, dry wine, which served as an ideal companion to Emilia’s rich cuisine. During the 1970s and 80s, simple, sweet styles became increasingly popular, dominating exports. Despite the commercial difficulties they faced, Lini maintained their traditionally dry style, always pushing for higher quality.

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“The Bacchanalia,” writes Daniel Kriger this week for PUNCH, “was born out of the challenge to create a cocktail that would transcend rules and traditional flavor profiles to appeal to all types of drinkers.”

One of the cocktail’s ingredients is Lambrusco, “preferably Lini” he specifies.

Click here for the recipe.

Increasingly, mixologists across the U.S. have been using Lambrusco as an ingredient in the new cocktails they are creating.

We couldn’t have been more thrilled to see Lini mentioned in PUNCH, the leading online journal in the U.S. today for cocktails and wine.

Image via PUNCH.

For those of you attending Vinitaly this year, we hope to see you at the Lini stand: Hall 3, Stand C6.

The Lini family couldn’t be more thrilled to share the news that its wines are now imported to the U.S. by Winebow-Leonardo LoCascio Selections — the leading importer of Italian wines in America.

Founded in 1980, Winebow has reshaped the Italian wine market in the U.S. by introducing some of Italy’s most iconic wineries to American restaurateurs, retailers, and consumers. Today, its distribution network is considered the gold standard among Italian wine trade members and observers.

“Each wine in the collection tells a unique story about the family and region that produced it. A taste through the portfolio is a journey across Italy’s rich spectrum of geography, history, and culture” (from the Winebow-Leonardo LoCascio Selections website).

Lini will take part this year in the Winebow-Leonardo LoCascio Selections Vini d’Italia tour in May and the wines, which have already landed in the U.S., will be available shortly.

For those of you attending Vinitaly this year, we hope to see you at the Lini stand: Hall 3, Stand C6.

Last week we posted about a creative/international pairing for Lambrusco (Lambrusco and fried boudin balls).

So this week we thought we’d do a post about one of Lambrusco’s most traditional and unquestionably canonical pairings: salumi, the Italian word for charcuterie.

Salumi are produced in every one of Italy’s 20 regions.

But there is no region more closely associated with salumi than Emilia.

And there’s also no place in Italy where salumi are so central to the cuisine.

That’s partly owed to the fact that salumi in Emilia are considered one of the greatest expressions of Emilian terroir.

That’s a slice of culatello above, the air-dried salume made from the pig’s rump. It can only be cured in Emilia and most experts agree that it’s unique aroma, flavor, and texture is the result of process that relies heavily on Emilia’s unique climatic conditions.

In fact, you can reproduce the process in other parts of the world, as many have. But you can never replicate the aromas, flavors, and textures that you obtain in the spiritual homeland of salumi.

The same holds for prosciutto (made from the pig’s thigh) and other iconic salumi from Emilia.

The canonical pairing for this most canonical of foods?

Canonically, exclusively, and absolutely LAMBRUSCO!

For those of you attending Vinitaly this year, we hope to see you at the Lini stand: Hall 3, Stand C6.

Lini will also be poured in a fantastic flight of wines to be presented by Daniele Cernilli (above), one of Italy’s leading wine writers and wine critics.

On Sunday, April 7 (the first day of the fair), he’s leading a 2 p.m. seminar on sparkling wine that will include the Lini 2006 Lambrusco Metodo Classico.

It’s one not to miss!

Click here for info and registration details.