Archive for the ‘Lini’ Category

Taste Lambrusco at Uva Wines

September 25, 2009

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Taste Lini’s Labrusca range of Lambrusco, this Wednesday, September 30 from 6-8pm at Uva Wines in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!

Taste Lambrusco downtown!

August 11, 2009

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If you’re in lower Manhattan this weekend make sure you stop by New York Vintners! The wine store will be pouring Lambrusco by Lini this Saturday!

New York Vintners
21 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007
(212) 812-3999

Joe Campanale pours Lini on NBC!

May 22, 2009

Hot New York restaurateur pours Lambrusco on national television!

joe campanale lini blogJoe Campanale selected Lini’s Lambrusco as one of his favorite wines for summer on NBC’s Today show this morning. In a live segment, the co-owner of Dell’Anima and L’Artusi poured Lini’s Labrusca Bianco and Rosso as part of a selection of his picks for Memorial Day weekend.

In case you missed it, click here to watch the full clip!

One of New York’s youngest restaurateurs, the 25-year old Campanale’s star has risen spectacularly since he opened Dell’Anima in 2007 with Chef Gabe Thompson (below with Campanale outside Dell’Anima). The rapid success of the small West Village hotspot spurred the duo to expand to L’Artusi just one year later. Now, both restaurants are favorite neighborhood destinations for anyone seeking delicious and inventive Italian fare and an excellent selection of wine.


The growing popularity of Lini in New York in many ways mirrors Campanale’s recent success. Since Domenico Valentino’s introduction of Labrusca in 2007, Lini’s range of sparkling, classic Lambrusco has proven a universal hit throughout the city’s restaurant and wine industry, giving rebirth to a unique variety. Now, with an exciting line of refreshing and affordable wines, the Lini brand continues to gather momentum across the United States.

Campanale, whose wine experience extends to sommelier and retailer in some of New York’s most respected establishments, personally oversees the wine programs at Dell’Anima and L’Artusi. A huge fan of Lini and Lambrusco, he didn’t hesitate in adding Labrusca Bianco to both restaurants’ wine lists. Now Joe has helped introduce Lini’s Lambrusco to over two million Today viewers nationwide!

Taste Lini in Greenpoint, Brooklyn!

May 10, 2009

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Something bubbly for the holidays

November 14, 2008

Three festive sparklers from Lini to get the season popping


Alicia Lini and baby Alba photographed by Domenico Valentino's Jim Hutchinson at the Lini estate in Correggio, Reggio Emilia, last month.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and at Domenico Valentino we’re already thinking about what to pop this holiday season. That’s why this week we’re featuring three wines from renowned Lambrusco producer LINI910, which are guaranteed to get the party started. Though two of the wines are Lambrusco, two are red, and two are made using the metodo classico, no two are quite the same. The holiday season is the best time to enjoy these very festive sparkling wines from one of our most popular producers.

If you wish to make a tasting appointment please call 719-902-1140 or email

3-bubbly-linisMetodo Classico Bianco 2000
Fabio Lini, a big fan of Champagne, spent years developing and refining his homage to the great French appellation. Lini’s Metodo Classico Bianco is a blend of the classic Champagne varieties Pinot Nero and Chardonnay, and is made using the traditional practice of having the second fermentation happen in bottle. He vintage dates his Metodo Classico and waits at least four years after harvest to release the wine. This remarkable wine is an ideal holiday aperitivo.

Metodo Classico Rosso 2003
“I have discovered the best Lambrusco in the world,” writes Daniele Cernilli, editor-in-chief of Gambero Rosso’s Guide to the Wines of Italy, “and it is called Corrigia Brut. Serve it chilled… paired with charcuterie, fried foods, and flavorful first courses. You can even serve it with just a cracker topped with mortadella: it will make you feel like you can reach up and touch the sky with your finger.” We, like Cernilli, found Lini’s festive and creamy Lambrusco the best we had ever tasted. Pair it with a holiday snack, such as shards of Parmigiano Reggiano and strawberries drizzled ever so gently with a kiss of traditional balsamic vinegar.

Lambrusco Rosso Scuro 2007
Lini’s Lambrusco Scuro is the firmer, more austere relative of our wildly popular Labrusca Rosso. Made of Lambrusco Salamino and Ancelotta, the same Lambrusco sub-varieties that go into the Labrusca, Scuro undergoes a longer maceration and full alcoholic fermentation, resulting in a drier, more structured wine than its cousin. Lambrusco Scuro is perfect with Emilia-Romagna’s meat-based dishes, or even your Thanksgiving turkey.

La vita in rosa!

August 8, 2008

Four diverse rosé wines from four unique producers hailing from four different regions of Italy

August, with its sunny days and sultry evenings, is the best time of year for dining al fresco. And when temperatures are high, there’s no greater accompaniment to a meal than a chilled glass of rosato. Though often wrongly overlooked by some wine enthusiasts, Italian rosé is certainly enjoying an increase in popularity stateside this summer.

This week we are pleased to feature four of our finest rosé wines, from four unique wineries. Though Italy’s climate and attitudes towards food vary tremendously up and down the country, each region still produces its rosé, or “rosato” as it is known by Italians. In fact our four featured wines originate from four wildly different regions: Alto-Adige, Tuscany, Piedmont and Emilia Romagna.

Lagrein Rosato Nives 2007 Castel Sallegg
Grown on the slopes of Lake Caldaro in the German-speaking region of Alto-Adige, the tannic Lagrein grapes give this wine complexity and structure while the enologist at Castel Sallegg ensures that the wine expresses the pillars of rosato: refreshing, easy-to-drink and adaptable. Named Nives (a reference to the region’s snowcapped mountains) this refreshing screw-capped Lagrein Rosato is the perfect outdoor picnic wine for summer.

Vino Rosato 2007 Guido Gualandi
Archeologist, artist, writer and wine producer: Tuscan renaissance man Guido Gualandi produces all-organic and sustainable wines in the Chianti Classico subzone of Montespertoli. Full bodied and smooth, this 100% Sangiovese rosato owes its character to the ripeness of the fruit before harvest and Guido’s innovative practice of ageing the wine for six months in old acacia and chestnut barrels.

Canavese Rosato Rubiconda 2007 Orsolani
Piemontese producer Gianluigi Orsolani’s family name may be synonymous with local white variety Erbaluce, but this year the fourth-generation producer has broken with tradition. Using Nebbiolo, Barbera and Uva Rara, Orsolani has created a small production of Canavese Rosato named “Rubiconda“. This fresh, fragrant and exquisitely dry rosato, a blend with enough structure to stand up to summer favorites like ribs and barbecue grilled chicken.

Lambrusco Rosé 2007 Lini 910
In the Lambrusco heartland of Emilia Romagna, Lini has been making wine for nearly 100 years. While most of Lini’s Lambruscos are made with the Lambrusco Salamino grape, Lambrusco Rosé is made with Lambrusco Sorbara. The light skins of this clone give the wine its gorgeous rosy hue. Lini Lambrusco Rosé is one of our favorite picnic wines: gently sparkling and low in alcohol, it’s the ideal wine to take to the park on a hot summer day and pairs well with anything grilled — from vegetables and seafood to burgers.

The wines featured above will be available for tasting by appointment next week. If you are interested in tasting the featured wines and wish to arrange a meeting, please email or call 718-902-1140.

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Sparkling whites

July 25, 2008

Introducing Prosecco from Col de’ Salici, and the return of Lini’s Labrusca Bianco

This week we are featuring two sparkling whites, Prosecco Brut from Col de’ Salici and Lini’s Labrusca Bianco. We are excited to add Prosecco to our portfolio, having found an excellent Prosecco producer, Col de’ Salici. We are also happy to announce the return of Lini’s Lambrusco Labrusca Bianco, which had been sold out due to its popularity (now on both coasts).Both wines are the perfect bottles to be enjoyed by the glass on a warm summer’s evening. The wines will be available for tasting by appointment next week. If you are interested in tasting the featured wines and wish to arrange a meeting, please email or call 718 902-1140.

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Col de’ Salici
The Veneto town of Valdobbiadene, and its neighbor Conegliano, are home to Prosecco, one of Italy’s most popular grape varieties, and a local source of pride in the area. Valdobbiadene is listed as one of Italy’s “Città del Vino” (“Wine Cities”) and for over forty years has hosted a sparkling wine fair, today known as Forum Spumanti d’Italia. For over a century meanwhile, Conegliano has housed the renowned Scuola di Viticultura e Enologia (School of Viticulture and Enology) which was founded in 1876 and today continues to ensure quality of production is maintained in the region.

Prosecco Brut di Valdobbiadene
Lately Col de’ Salici has taken important decisions regarding its Prosecco. Recognizing that their location in the hilly subzone of Valdobbiadene would produce a superior crop, the company has chosen to focus solely on producing a line of high-quality sparkling proseccos. The firm believes that the Spumante Prosecco is the finest expression of the DOC variety, and having this wine it’s hard to disagree. Prosecco Brut di Valdobbiadene is a dry and structured spumante, typically aromatic and fruity, possessing an unmistakable elegance.

Lini 910
Lini has been producing wines from Emilia Romagna’s Lambrusco grape for nearly 90 years, where the variety pairs beautifully with the region’s food. Since our introduction of Lini’s line of Lambruscos to the U.S. market last summer, the wines have enjoyed tremendous success in the New York area, garnering much attention in the local press. Most recently, Alicia Lini (fourth-generation Lambrusco producer and international spokesperson for the brand) was featured in the June/July issue of Men’s Vogue, in an article written by Lawrence Osborne assessing the resurrection of this variety’s somewhat tarnished image in this country.

Labrusca Bianco
White Lambrusco? Yes, indeed: Fabio Lini, the enologist at Lini, makes this wonderfully light, bright Lambrusco by not allowing any contact with the skins of the grapes during fermentation. Labrusca Bianco is inspired by the wines that local farmers made in Fabio’s youth. Made from Salamino and Ancellotta grapes, this Lambrusco is fermented and allowed to rest for at least three months in large stainless steel vats. Fabio does not like to hurry fermentation. “Otherwise,” he says, “I wouldn’t be able to achieve the wonderful mouthfeel of this wine.”

These wines will be available for tasting by appointment next week. If you are interested in tasting the featured wines and wish to arrange a meeting, please email or call 718-902-1140. Our full portfolio is available at

Alicia Lini in Men’s Vogue

May 19, 2008

Alicia Lini is featured in this month’s issue of Men’s Vogue! In the June/July edition of the men’s style bible, noted author and wine enthusiast Lawrence Osborne profiles the Lini brand and in particular Alicia — the international face of Lini and its fourth-generation Lambrusco producer. He fondly recalls a dinner held in Lini’s honor at Centovini back in March and gushes over Alicia’s movie star appeal, indeed likening the young producer to Sophia Loren. Osborne also assesses the phenomenal success of Lini’s Lambruscos and their vital role in resurrecting the socially tarnished variety, helping erase memories of the “ghastly party plonk” consumed by millions of Americans in the late ’70s. Says Lini: “It took us ten years to make people realize we didn’t make that awful stuff.” For Osborne the turnaround in trends is complete. “In the past couple of years, [Lambrusco’s] image has undergone a surprising revolution,” he notes. “The sugary spritzer of our summery youth has become a dry, elegant dinner wine of our middle age.”

To read Lawrence Osborne’s article in full click here.

The June/July issue of Men’s Vogue is available at newsstands now!

Domenico Valentino Spring Portfolio Tasting

May 13, 2008

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
25 W Houston St
New York, NY 10012
(Between Mercer and Greene)

For more information:
Jim Hutchinson


We love fresh Lambrusco!

2007 Labrusca Rosso

2007 Labrusca Bianco

2007 Rosé

Dry, sparkling, delicious!

Castel Sallegg

Lagrein Rosé Screw Cap Sensation!

Great selections for summer from Count Kuenburg and the team at Castel Sallegg. Grapes are sourced from some of the finest sites on the slopes above Lago di Caldaro.

2007 Lagrein Rosé Screwcap

2007 Pinot Bianco Screwcap & Cork

2007 Schiava Bischofsleiten

2007 Moscato Giallo


Natural wines from a Renaissance Man!

Archaeologist, painter, musician and wine-maker, Guido Gualandi is a true Renaissance Man, and one of the most interesting producers to emerge from the Montespertoli subzone of Chianti in recent memory. All of Guido’s wines are made using 100% natural vinification: no herbicides or pesticides are used in the vineyard, only organic fertilizers are used.

2007 Rosato

2006 Galante

2005 Cavalleresco

2005 Gualandus

Conti Sertoli Salis

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That the Salis family first bottled wine in 1869 tells us they had an unusual commitment to quality and an unwavering confidence in the potential of their land. Producers at the time seldom chose to meet the expense of such a labor-intensive process, prefering instead to store and ship wine in cask or demijohn. Today Conti Sertoli Salis continues to make superb examples of Valtellina Sforzato and Superiore using the local Chiavennasca, a type of Nebbiolo that has been cultivated in sub-Alpine Lombardia for generations.

2006 Chiavennasca (Nebbiolo vinified white)

2004 Valtellina Superiore Sassella

2003 Valtellina Sforzato Canua


Canavese Rosato in limited supply!

Gian Luigi is the fourth-generation Orsolani to commit to Erbaluce, the Piedmontese variety known for its luscious acidity and grass-and-melon perfume. The family is also one of only three commercial producers of the rare Nebbiolo-based Carema, a wine named for a lovely sub-Alpine village where the vines are grown a pergola on terraces carved into a steep south-facing slope. This year, in addition to his usual line-up, Orsolani has produced a limited quantity of Canavese Rosato.

2006 Erbaluce di Caluso La Rustià

2004 Erbaluce Metodo Classico Cuvee’ Tradizione

2007 Canavese Rosato Rubiconda

2006 Canavese Rosso Acini Sparsi

2003 Carema Le Tabbie

2001 Caluso Passito Sulè

What the press is saying about Lini Lambrusco

April 19, 2008

Vino’s range of Lini Lambruscos created a sensation upon their release last summer, and have continued to receive overwhelming praise from New York’s local media:

“Rare Lini Lambruscos have landed” >>>

“Lambruscos bubble up with bold entries” >>>

“Not your Grandmother’s Lambrusco” >>>

“Not So Fast: Don’t Dismiss Lambruscos” >>>

“Wine for the First Day of Summer” >>>

“Making Lambrusco Wine”: Alicia Lini on The Leonard Lopate Show >>>

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