“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: Lini Lambrusco at Pizzeria Mercato in Carrboro, North Carolina.

Yesterday, Alicia wrapped her first Vini d’Italia tour with Winebow/Leonardo LoCascio Selections, Lini’s new U.S. importer.

“It’s just been amazing,” she said over WhatsApp. “The reception Lini has been getting has been simply fantastic. It’s been great to meet so many talented wine professionals in each of the three cities we visited. Wonderful!”

Above: Lini at five fifty-five in Portland, Maine.

“It’s our first tour with Winebow,” she told the Lini USA blog, “and so of course it’s a very emotional moment for me and my family: It’s always been our dream to work with a national importer like them and so it’s really a dream come true.”

“But the most wonderful thing,” she added, “was the warm welcome that we got along the way. In every city, people were so nice and excited to learn more about Lambrusco. I couldn’t be more grateful for the way we were received at every stop.”

A thousand thanks to the staff at Wineblow/LLS for organizing such a great series of events.

And heartfelt thanks to everyone who tasted with Alicia along the way.

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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On Wednesday of this week — the 1st of May aka “May Day” or “International Workers’ Day” — the popular Houston wine bar 13 Celsius posted the following on their social media:

    May 1st aka May Day (aka International Worker’s Day) is celebrated as a public holiday in many countries around the world. In Italy, Emilia Romagna is the home to many working-class people whose beverage of choice is the local Lambrusco. So in their honor and to the others around the world, we are offering Lini Lambrusco for $5/glass all night long.

Thank you, 13 Celsius, for this wonderful post! You really “get” Lambrusco.

One of the things that makes Italian wine so great is the culture behind every bottle of wine. The history and culture of a given wine don’t make it taste better necessarily. But they can enhance the drinking experience in truly profound ways.

We were so happy to read this post by the sweet folks at “13” (as it is known among Houston wine professionals). Lambrusco is often called the “wine of freedom” or the “wine of the people.” And there’s a good reason for that: Lambrusco has always been associated with working families. In Emilia, where Lambrusco is produced, Lambrusco is often the only wine that people drink and serve in their homes. It’s delicious, it’s affordable, it’s food-friendly and easy to pair… it’s a wine for everyone.

And it’s so great to see our friends at 13 Celsius celebrate Lambrusco this way. They really “get it.”

Chapeau bas, 13! We love you guys!

The Winebow/Leonardo LoCascio Selections (LLS) Vini d’Italia (Wines of Italy) tour is one of the American wine trade’s major traveling tastings and features hundreds of Italian wines and their producers.

Alicia Lini will be pouring and talking about her family’s wines at all three events this year.

Click here to view the LLS Tasting Booklet and/or click the links below to register.

Minneapolis MN
Monday, May 6, 2019
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Hilton Canopy Minneapolis Mill District

Durham NC
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
JB Duke Hotel

Portland ME
Thursday, May 9, 2019
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Westin Portland Harborview

We just had to share this glowing review of our 2005 Lambrusco Metodo Classico by a favorite Italian wine writer, Giovanna Romeo. Here’s what she had to say about our wine on Vino e Cibo, one of Italy’s most popular food and wine blogs and online magazines. Thank you, Giovanna!

It’s vintage-dated 2005. Yes, you got that right. It’s 2005.

More than 10 years of aging on the lees plus just the right amount of time since disgorgement for a sensational glass.

A truly great wine, intense and vibrant, endowed with gorgeous acidity that keeps it freshly and totally balanced. No sign of aging here. Just complex aromas and flavors: Citrus notes of blood orange, wild berries, wild strawberries and raspberries, radish and rhubarb. Delicious, extremely delicious, approachable with creamy, fine, and intense bubbles. Rich and succulent in the mouth, this is a Lambrusco that sheds off its humble origins and rises up to true excellence.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you “the” Lambrusco.

Giovanna Romeo
Vino e Cibo
April 2019

“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.