Yesterday, Alicia spoke and led a guided tasting at the Women in Wine Leadership Symposium in New York — an invitation-only gathering featuring leading women wine professionals from across the world.

That’s Alicia above (left) with Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon, another one of the featured panelists at yesterday’s event.

Known as “Detroit’s First Lady of Wine,” Madeline made history when she became the first American woman, the second woman in the world, and the ninth American to earn the coveted Master Sommelier title. She also made news at the time by passing the notoriously challenging exam on her first attempt — something very few of her colleagues have achieved.

See this superb profile of Madeline in the Atlantic to read more about her trail-blazing career and life.

Chapeau bas, Madeline! Alicia was thrilled to get to meet you and interact with you!

On Monday, October 7, Alicia Lini (above) will be speaking and leading a guided tasting at the Women in Wine Leadership Symposium in New York.

From the WWLS website:

    Started in 2012, the Women in Wine Leadership Symposium (WWLS) has a mission to empower and educate women in the wine industry through a series of panel discussions and wine tastings. The WWLS, hosted by Winebow, was the first event of its kind with winemakers from around the world, sommeliers, retailers, educators, and journalists coming together to create a collective dialogue on experiences, insights, and strategies for success.

The invitation-only event is attended by the best-of-the-best among today’s wine media members and wine producers.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that Alicia was asked to present Lini wines and talk about her experiences as a wine professional and the fourth generation of the Lini winery.

See the complete list of featured speakers here.

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​

Pompieri Pizza
102 City Hall Plaza
Durham NC 27701
(919) 973-1589
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