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Save the date!

August 25, 2009

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Domenico Valentino Fall Portfolio Tasting
Thursday, September 10, 2009

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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!

Save The Date: Spring Portfolio Tasting, April 14

March 26, 2009

Domenico Valentino presents portfolio at Centovini

Basket Press at Podere Gualandi, photographed by Guido Gualandi.

Basket Press at Podere Gualandi, Poppiano, Italy. Photograph by Guido Gualandi.

Spring is here, which means its time for Domenico Valentino to host its semi-annual portfolio tasting. On Tuesday, April 14, Domenico Valentino will be pouring its complete portfolio at Centovini in New York’s SoHo. It’s a great occasion for restaurants, retailers and distributors to taste some fabulous wines, many of which are being featured for the first time. We are also excited to present brand new vintages of some of our favorite wines from the last twelve months. Click here for our full portfolio!

For  more information and to RSVP please call 212-679-0822 or email us at We look forward to seeing you at Centovini on April 14!

Meet winemaker Fabrizio Santarelli

November 7, 2008

Castel de Paolis producer and Le Vigne del Lazio president in town to present his wines

Fabrizio Santarelli samples wine in the Castel de Paolis cellar.

Domenico Valentino is excited to announce the arrival of Castel de Paolis owner Fabrizio Santarelli to New York! Fabrizio will be in town this week to present his wines to restaurant and retail clients. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

In the hills of Grottaferrata, just south of Rome, the Castel de Paolis winery has been revolutionizing Lazio wines for two decades. Giulio Santarelli, Fabrizio’s father, overhauled the estate in the 1980s, replanting the terrain with local grapes and international varieties. Today Fabrizio and Giulio are responsible for some of the finest wines to come out of the region in recent years, helping to enhance the image of winemaking in Lazio.

Fabrizio’s efforts have were recently recognized with his appointment as president of Le Vigne del Lazio, a consortium comprising 23 of the region’s best producers, who each share a commitment to maintaining the highest quality product while promoting Lazio’s cultural identity through its wines.

If you wish to take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity, please call 719-902-1140 or email Please note that Fabrizio will be in New York only until Wednesday so check your schedules now! Further information is available on our website.

The Miracle of Marino

October 8, 2008

Italian grape festival’s attempts at turning water into wine backfire

The fountain of the four moors during the Marino Grape Festival.

The fountain of the four moors during the Marino Grape Festival.

Regular readers to our email may be familiar with a wine we featured earlier this month, I Quattro Mori by Castel de Paolis. The “quattro mori” or “four moors” are recalled by a large fountain in the main square of the town of Marino (above), in the winemaking hills just south of Rome.

Marino plays host to the Sagra dell’Uva festival, an annual event recognizing the historic victory of a local admiral, though essentially an excuse to enjoy the local production from the Castelli Romani. Each year the 17th century fountain emits the latest vintage, but this year’s crowd of gatherers — plastic cups at the ready — was left disappointed. The increasingly impatient wine lovers were about to voice their frustration when a woman’s cry of “Miracolo!” came bellowing down from an apartment balcony. The town’s plumbers had evidently got their pipes confused, and instead of spurting from the village fountain, wine was now flowing from the faucets of a Marino resident.

The woman, named Anna, was about to mop the kitchen floor when she noticed her bucket was filled not with water, but sparkling white wine. “I called my neighbors and they had the same problem,” she explained. “Soon everyone was filling up bottles with wine!” Marino’s mayor, Adriano Palozzi, was quick to play down the problem. “People are calling it a miracle, which it wasn’t. Several houses have been affected and workmen are working on the problem which obviously came about through technical error.”

Read more on this story here.