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
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.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to share the news: We just learned that Daniele Cernilli, aka Doctor Wine, has named the 2007 Lini Classic Method Lambrusco the “best single grape wine (Lambrusco)” in the 2020 Guida Essenziale ai Vini d’Italia 2020 (Essential Guide to Italian Wine, 2020 edition).
The score: 95/100!
Veteran wine writer and publisher Daniele Cernilli is widely considered one of Italy’s leading wine critics. His Guida Essenziale has become a benchmark for wine criticism in Italy today. We’ll publish his editors’ tasting notes as soon as they become available.
Thank you, Doctor Wine!
We’ll be joining you September 29 in Milan for the presentation of the new guide and the “best in category” winners!
“Seafood and shellfish both love this wine,” write the editors of Chilled, a leading mixology magazine.
But that’s not all.
Lini Lambrusco Bianco is one of their favorite pairings for Indian food.
Click here for the complete review.
One of the trends that we’ve been noticing this summer is that countless wine and lifestyle writers in the U.S. have been recommending Lambrusco as their ideal pairing for steak.
That’s great news… but it’s no news to us!
One of the things that a lot of people don’t realize about Lambrusco is that the family of Lambrusco grape varieties is among the most tannic among Italian grapes.
Here at Lini, we make most of our wines with Lambrusco Salamino, one of the darker and more tannic varieties.
But the thing that sets Lambrusco apart from the classic tannic grape varieties paired with steak like Cabernet Sauvignon (arguably the most popular) and Pinot Noir is that Lambrusco also delivers wonderful freshness and lower alcohol levels than its still counterparts.
In Emilia where Lambrusco is made (and where we live and eat), steak and lamb are regularly served at home and in restaurants. And Emilians, who religiously and almost exclusively serve Lambrusco, regularly pair their steaks and other grilled meats (pork chops in particular) with Lambrusco.
Try it and you’ll thank us!
On the occasion of National Wine and Cheese Day, here’s what radio personality and lifestyle guru JD “the Diva” Janine Davis (above) of WBAV (Charlotte) had to say about Lini Lambrusco:
“I usually like dark, red wines that are full-bodied with a bit of a bite, but lately because of all the hot weather, I’ve been sipping on Lambruscos. Lambrusco is sparkling red wine that could be dry, semi dry or sweet. You can get them just about anywhere… One of my favorite Lambrusco wines is Lini 910 Labrusca Lambrusco Rosso. I’ve had it with everything from pizza to steak.”
Click here for the complete review.
Thank you, JD!
Image via the Janine Davis Facebook fan page.
That’s Alicia (right), the fourth generation of the Lini family winery, and Leonardo LoCascio, an Italian wine industry legend and founder of Winebow, Lini’s US importer (as of this year).
LoCascio is widely considered to have been one of the main architects of the Italian wine renaissance in the U.S. during the late 1980s and 1990s.
It was way back in the 1970s that he had a vision of bringing top Italian wines to north America. At the time, Italian wine wasn’t considered “fine wine” in the U.S. And the historic estates that he brought to this country for the first time played a fundamental role in reshaping American consumers’ attitudes about and perceptions of Italian wine here.
Many in the Italian wine trade don’t realize it but he also revolutionized the way that Italian wine was shipped and imported to the U.S. His model for shipping and customs consolidation radically changed the way business was done here, in no small part because his “DI” (direct importing) model reduced the importer’s costs significantly. As a result, high end Italian wine became much more affordable in this market. Today, his DI model is the industry standard in a field that continues to expand some forty years after he founded Winebow (1980).
Winebow remains the premier importer of Italian wines in the U.S., legacy that spans a generation. But LoCascio never imported a Lambrusco — ever. Lini Lambrusco is the first Lambrusco that Winebow has ever imported. And the Lini couldn’t be more honored or more excited by this new chapter in their family’s history.
Chapeau bas, Leonardo! You are a pioneer, a visionary, and an Italian wine original! Thank you for everything you have done for Italian wine in the U.S. over the decades. Without you, none of us would be here today.