It’s that time of the year again when wine writers across the United States will begin posting and publishing their “Thanksgiving wine recommendations.”

And inevitably, many of them will start their posts with apologetic admissions that Thanksgiving wine pairings are almost impossible to make. That’s because of two major reasons.

1) The classic all-American Thanksgiving feast includes a wide variety of dishes, disparate in flavor. As a result, there’s no “one wine” that goes well with everything on the table.

2) The Thanksgiving gathering is traditionally a family affair where you have all kinds of different people, with different palates and tastes, seated for the same meal. Not everyone likes the same style of wine. For some of your guests, it’s the only time of year that they actually drink wine!

And here’s where Lambrusco comes in. There are a number of reasons why it works well with the Thanksgiving meal.

1) It’s immensely versatile at the table and superbly food-friendly. It will pair well with a lot of the dishes in the traditional Thanksgiving meal.

2) It’s both a crowd-pleaser that inexperienced wine drinkers can enjoy and a classic Italian wine that wine lovers will like.

3) It’s low in alcohol and so guests don’t need to be shy about having more than one glass.

4) It’s one of the sparkling wine world’s most value-driven appellations. This is important when you’re serving wine to a large group.

5) It’s the ultimate celebration wine. Its sparkle is an essential element in any holiday party.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American friends! In coming weeks, we’ll share more serving and pairing suggestions here on the blog.

Congratulations to our U.S. importer, Winebow, named one of the “importer of the year 2019” by the editors of Wine & Spirits magazine!

“Next time you’re faced with a sea of wines you don’t recognize,” write the editors, “check the back of the bottle. That’s what we do, looking for importers we recognize and trust, like our six Importers of the Year. They’ve earned the most awards this year, with multiple brands among our Top 100 Wineries, Top 100 Wines and Best Buys of 2019. If you find importers whose tastes and interests align with your own, you’ll have guideposts you can trust to lead you to new bottles.”

Heartfelt congrats to the entire team at Winebow! We love working with you guys!

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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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!