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.

Nobie’s
2048 Colquitt St.
Houston TX 77098
(346) 319-5919
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Above: Jayne Battle, owner of Jaynes Gastropub in San Diego, will be hosting a Lini Lambrusco tasting a week from tomorrow together with our blogmaster Jeremy Parzen aka Do Bianchi. On his own blog today, Jeremy tells the story of how he first started working with Lini and how he and Alicia Lini met pop icon and Beatles and Clapton muse Pattie Boyd “all those years ago.”

LAMBRUSCO PARTY
SATURDAY JULY 28

3-5 p.m.
$15 per person

TASTE 4 WINES
click here for wines
with small bites by Jaynes

Jaynes Gastropub
4677 30th St.
San Diego CA 92116
(619) 563-1011
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Please email Jeremy to register (not required but encouraged).

For 4 generations, the Lini family has been making top Lambrusco in the heart of Emilia, the land of Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano.

The thing that sets their wines apart from the crowd of Lambrusco available today is the family’s patience and devotion: While most producers bottle their Lambruscos immediately (sometimes even the same week that they are made), the Lini family lets their Lambruscos age properly before bottling.

On Saturday, July 28 in San Diego, we will be tasting four of the family’s wines, each aged to create the clean, classic flavors of authentic Lambrusco.

Please join us a week from Saturday to taste these artisanal wines, made from estate-grown fruit:

Lini Lambrusco Labrusca Rosso
(aged 3 months, 85% Lambrusco Salamino, 15% Ancellotta)
Lini Lambrusco Correggio Rosato
(aged 6 months, 50% Lambrusco Salamino, 50% Sorbara)
Lini Lambrusco Correggio
(aged 6 months, 85% Lambrusco Salamino, 15% Ancellotta)
Lini Lambrusco Metodo Classico
(aged 12+ months, 100% Lambrusco Salamino)

LAMBRUSCO PARTY
SATURDAY JULY 28

3-5 p.m.
$15 per person

TASTE 4 WINES
with small bites by Jaynes

Jaynes Gastropub
4677 30th St.
San Diego CA 92116
(619) 563-1011
Google map

Please email Jeremy to register (not required but encouraged).

When you visit Reggio Emilia province where we live, you don’t exactly find a lot of seafood restaurants. In fact, you won’t find any.

Emilia, our region, is known food-wise mostly for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, prosciutto and culatello (and other kinds of salumi), homemade pasta (filled and long noodles), and Lambrusco (of course).

We don’t live on the sea and so we eat landfood almost exclusively.

But the other day when we noticed that our wine is on the list at the famous Mermaid Oyster Bar in Manhattan (New York City), we weren’t surprised.

Oysters are a notoriously challenging wine pairing. And for some odd reason that no one really understands, Lambrusco actually makes for a great match. In fact, countless sommeliers across Italy like to pair Lambrusco with raw oysters, especially Lambrusco di Sorbara (like our rosé Lambrusco, which you’ll find at the Mermaid Oyster Bar).

Most speculate that the extreme brininess needs the rich fruit flavors of Lambrusco. And many believe that Lambrusco refreshing effervescence is what makes it so good with oysters with their intense flavor.

Mysteries of the wine world aside, we couldn’t be more thrilled that our wine is being put to good use!

Mermaid Oyster Bar
79 Macdougal St.
New York NY 10012
(212) 260-0100
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Image via the Mermaid Oyster Bar Facebook.

The Lini USA blog is making its first road trip of the summer!

On Saturday, July 28, Lini blogger Jeremy Parzen (aka Do Bianchi) will be pouring our Lambrusco at Jaynes Gastropub in San Diego (that’s San Diego’s Children’s Pool in La Jolla, above).

LAMBRUSCO PARTY
SATURDAY JULY 28

3-5 p.m.
$15 per person

TASTE 4 WINES
with small bites by Jaynes

Jaynes Gastropub
4677 30th St.
San Diego CA 92116
(619) 563-1011
Google map

Stay tuned for wines…

Please email Jeremy to register (not required but encouraged).

“Taste Test Winners: Italian Value Wines”
by Ray Isle
executive wine editor
Food & Wine

Back in 2013, Food & Wine executive wine editor Ray Isle sat down with New York restaurant legend and wine expert Joe Bastianich to taste “12 Great Italian Value Wines.” Lini was Ray’s pick for sparkling. Here’s what he had to say about the wine:

Lini Lambrusco Labrusca Rosso

A brisk sparkling red from one of the best traditional Lambrusco houses.

I love the way Lambrusco combines the effervescence of a sparkling wine with the body and flavor of a red wine, making it a fantastic partner for food.