Alicia Lini (above), writes Wine Spectator editor Alison Napjus in the October 2019 issue of the magazine, “has seen that uphill battle [to teach people about Lambrusco] firsthand.”
“‘I’d come to the U.S., to try to sell, but really it was more to teach consumers what quality Lambrusco could be,’ says Lini of her early experiences in the American market, in 2004. ‘While today, there is a request for Lambrusco. I think Americans [are beginning to] understand, and want to dive into it, to experience it.'”
Alicia and Lini Lambrusco are both featured in Napjus’ wide-ranging piece on the state of Italian sparkling wine in the U.S. and Italy today.
It’s a wonderful and highly informative read, essential for anyone who follows Italian wine.
Check it out here (subscribers only).
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!
Alicia will be pouring and tasting about her wines on Wednesday, October 9 in Durham, North Carolina at Pompieri Pizza where the restaurant will be hosting a wine dinner in her honor.
From the Pompieri Pizza EventBrite (click to reserve):
Join Pompieri Pizza on Wednesday, October 9, at 7:00 PM as we present the Lini Lambrusco Wine Dinner. Enjoy a night all about the bubbles and taste some of the Italy’s best varieties of sparkling wine from Lini 910 perfectly paired with a 5-course menu created by Pompieri chefs. Fourth generation winemaker Alicia Lini will be on hand to guide you through finding the perfect sparkling wine to match your meal. The price for a five-course dinner with wine pairing is $55 plus tax and gratuity. All Lambrusco wines will be available for purchase at the end of dinner.
** Vegetarian options available with 48 hours notice.
** We are not able to accommodate vegan requests at this dinner.
** Seating limited to 72 guests
** No refunds after
** Adults 21+ please
102 City Hall Plaza
Durham NC 27701
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.
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!
Here’s what Santé contributor and veteran wine writer Roger Morris had to say about Lini Rosato, one of the wines he recommends this week:
“Dark red sparkler — fruit-forward tangy cherry and elderberry flavors, but with good acidity.”
Click here for the complete review.