Here’s what Minneapolis-based wine blogger Carin Skowronsky had to say about Lini Lambrusco in a recent post on her wonderful site, Pairs Well With… Thank you, Carin, for taking time out to taste with Alicia and for the kind words!
If there’s a line of Lambrusco that I’m getting behind and absolutely love, it’s the Lini 910 and Lini Charmat wines. A couple of months back, I had a chance to meet winemaker Alicia Lini and taste her entire portfolio of wines. I was blown away. These wines were easily a game changer. Not only were her wines top notch, but it was amazing to hear her story, as well as the background of her winery and the production behind the bottle. These are well worth watching out for at your local bottle shop. Brilliant wines all around.
There’s something interesting that happened in Italy a while back. Italian winemakers in this region were expected to make Lambrusco “the American way,” which meant the overly sweet sugar bomb I described earlier. Italian winemakers, such as Alicia and her family, stood their ground, trusted their production and continued making authentic Lambrusco. As far as I’m concerned, the smart ones finish first. This wine is the bomb.
Dave McIntyre is one of the top wine writers working in the U.S. today. And his wine column for the Washington Post is one of the country’s most respected resources for wine criticism. Last week, he awarded the Lini Lambrusco Labrusca Rosé three out of three stars — his top rating!
Lini 910 Labrusca Rosé NV
Three out of Three Stars
Lambrusco, a light-bodied, sparkling red, is Italy’s surprise partner to pizza, barbecue and charcuterie. This is the first rosé Lambrusco I’ve tried, and it’s a delight. Flavors of watermelon, strawberry and wild herbs make for a refreshing patio pounder, and if you’re not careful, you may finish it before the food is ready. And there are bubbles! This wine is new to the market, but it should get wider availability, especially if customers aren’t skeptical about trying a pink Lambrusco.
The following is a video of Alicia’s presentation of the estate for her new U.S. importer, Winebow.
Below you’ll also find a video interview (in Italian) that Alicia did recently with the Emilia delegate for the Italian Sommelier Association, Italy’s most respected guild for wine professionals.
Thank you Joseph Hernandez, Thrillist senior travel editor, for this amazing recommendation!
Here’s what he had to say about Lini Lambrusco Labrusca Rosso, one of his top picks for Lambrusco in the U.S. today:
“Tiny bubbles and a bitter edge, like orange pith, make this a nice aperitif, to drink with stinky cheeses and charcuterie. Soft-textured, it tastes of black cherry, cola, and really ripe blackberries.”
Thank you, Joseph!
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Andrea Scanzi is one of Italy’s leading political essayists, wine writers, television personalities, and gourmets (see the Wikipedia entry on Andrea here).
Here’s what he had to say about Lini’s Lambrusco Metodo Classico nearly 10 years ago. The rest is history…
The family’s Metodo Classic Lambrusco, he wrote, “is made using [Lambrusco] Salamino grapes. I find it to be one of the most elegant and winning wagers by a Reggio Emilia winery ever undertaken. It’s even more fascinating than some of their classic method wines” made from conventional grapes.
As spring blends into summer, with July 4 right around the corner, a lot of you will be breaking out the grill to cook your favorite cut of steak.
When it comes to summer grills, often served al fresco, one of our favorite pairings for grilled beef is Lambrusco.
A lot of people don’t realize that Lambrusco is actually a tannic grape: The tannin, combined with the freshness and bright fruit of the wine, makes it the perfect summer grill wine. Especially as the weather gets warmer and you crave refreshing wines to accompany your food, Lambrusco strikes the perfect balance between structure, food-friendliness, and versatility.
So the next time you fire up the grill for your favorite cut, take a bottle of Lini out for a spin! We know you’re going to love it…