Some people point to Shakespeare’s celebrated line from “Romeo and Juliet” as one of the most famous instances when a rose is invoked to express love and passion.

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet.

But the rose’s long association with romance goes back much further.

In fact, we have to reach back to the 13th-century French allegorical poem known as the Róman de la Rose or Romance of the Rose.

At the outset of this story of courtly love, the narrator tells us:

If anyone asks what I wish the romance to be called, which I begin here, it is the Romance of the Rose, in which the whole art of love is contained. Its matter is good and new; and God grant that she for whom I have undertaken it may receive it with grace. It is she who is so precious and so worthy to be loved that she should be called Rose.

Since the Middle Ages, the rose and the color of the rose have been associated with romance.

It’s no wonder that our Valentine’s Day celebrations are always rose-hued!

What will you be drinking on Valentine’s Day this year?

For your consideration: Wine Spectator’s “BEST VALUE SPARKLING” — Lini Lambrusco Rosé.

For your consideration…

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and we know that a lot of you are making plans to celebrate the holiday with that special someone. And we know that for many of you, picking the right wine is key to making the event memorable.

Here are some of the reasons we think that Lini Lambrusco Rosé is the ultimate Valentine’s Day wine.

1) It’s pink. The rose color is a perfect match for the holiday.

2) It sparkles. It’s a truly joyous wine and a great conversation starter.

3) It’s super food-friendly and can be paired with a wide variety of cuisines, perfect for date night when you night need pairing options.

4) Its alcohol is restrained. You definitely want a wine that you can enjoy liberally on Valentine’s Day.

5) It’s not cost-prohibitive. Opening a second bottle won’t break the bank.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Lini Lambrusco Labrusca — which include a white, rosé, and classic red Lambrusco — is one of our most popular labels in the U.S.

The colorful label was inspired by a label the winery created many years ago for a local food and wine festival.

Meant to evoke “a wine for the people,” the image on the hand-drawn label depicts a happy Bacchus enjoying his glass of Lambrusco.

The name Labrusca evokes the ancient name used by the Romans for wild grape varieties, vitis labrusca. To this day, the term denotes wild or naturally occurring grapes.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to share the news that the editors of Wine Spectator have named Lini Lambrusco Labrusca Rosé their “top best value sparkling wine under $20”!

See their post here (available to non-subscribers as well).

“Lively, with citrusy acidity and a zesty bead,” writes senior editor for Italy and sparkling wine Alison Napjus, “this light ruby rosé offers crushed raspberry, white peach, herb and spice notes.”

This year will be Lini’s biggest ever in the U.S. And there couldn’t be a better way to start 2019 off than this extraordinary accolade from the leading resource on fine wine in America today.

Happy new year, everyone! Please stay tuned…

A Lambrusco Santa greets visitors at the Lini winery in Correggio.

Happy holidays from all the families at Lini to you and yours!

And thank you for all the support, clicks, likes, and shares here on the Lini Lambrusco Blog!

We’ll see you in 2019. (Although we might just have to weigh in with a New Year’s Eve post.)

Have a great holiday season!

Earlier this year, Ian D’Agata, the world’s leading English-language Italian-focused ampelographer and one of the top tasters working in the field (a senior editor at Antonio Galloni’s Vinous), tasted and scored Lini wines, giving them 91 points across the board. Here are his scores and notes.

Lini NV Lambrusco Labrusca Rosso
91 points

Bright ruby with a strong mousse of small bubbles. Fragrant aromas of blueberries and strawberry are similar to the flavors. Zingy acidity provides lift and clarity on the long bright finish. A blend of 85% Lambrusco Salamino and 15% Lambrusco Ancellotta made with secondary fermentation in autoclave for three months.

Lini NV Lambrusco Scuro
91 points

Deep ruby. Very fruity forward nose of red berries, black cherry and tar. Then hints of licorice and underbrush mingle with the dark cherry and berry flavors. Finishes long with zingy acidity and a creamy touch. A blend of 85% Lambrusco Salamino and 15% Ancellotta that spends six months on the lees. Made with the Charmat Martinotti method (in autoclave).

Lini 2004 Lambrusco Metodo Classico
91 points

Deep red with a strong mousse. Overtly fruity nose of red cherry, red berries and aromatic herbs. Then juicy and fresh, with a building austerity in the middle and zingy acidity nicely framing the red berry and herbal flavors.

Sending a big shout-out and warm hug today to the amazing Lynette Hawkins and her wonderful Italian restaurant in Houston, Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino, where Lini Labrusca Rosso has just made its debut!

Lynette is one of the pioneers of authentic Italian cuisine in Houston — and in Texas for that matter.

When our American blogger Jeremy first moved to Texas 10 years ago, it was challenging to find genuine Italian cuisine between Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio. And Lynette’s restaurant was one of the first places to be recognized by food lovers and food writers as a new benchmark for Italian food in the state.

Today that’s all changed and there are myriad Italian restaurants across the region. But her Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino remains a stand-out and one of Texans’ favorite places to enjoy Italian soul food (it’s the best way to describe her cooking, btw).

We couldn’t be more proud to be part of the program!

Thank you, Lynette! Grazie di cuore!

Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino
3215 Westheimer Rd.
Houston TX 77098
(713) 522-1934
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Image via the Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino Facebook.