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Discovering Cantele Negroamaro Rosato

Negroamaro is a red wine grape widely grown in Puglia, Italy, used to make big beautiful red wines like the most recognized DOC Salice Salentino. It is also used to make one of the best Rose wines I have ever tasted: Cantele Negromaro Rosato.

I first sampled a variety of Cantele wines last October during a dinner hosted by wine writer Do Bianchi at Houston’s Italian restaurant Mascalzone. Enjoying the Cantele wine dinner, pairing presentation and experience, especially the nuance of Negroamaro … I selected their Rosato as an ideal choice for my own Italian celebration — a friend’s 50th birthday party. I needed a special Italian wine for my party … delicate, aromatic, and unique to match my friend’s lovely character and chic Italian style! And it was the perfect party pairing, along with antipasto, assorted cheeses, and music by her favorite Italian singer, Laura Pausini, as our soundtrack for the evening. It was such a great night, filled with lots of food, family, close friends, and my friend telling me she felt so loved.

A big thank you to Vinology Houston for special ordering and finding Cantele Negromaro Rosato for me; apparently, the importer only sends a small allocation to Texas.

Thanks also to Do Bianchi for the invitation to the Cantele wine dinner, and the introduction to their awesome wines! P.S. I promised to save Do Bianchi a bottle of Rosato, and I did 🙂

The Birthday Girl!!!

Cantina Puianello Lambrusco Barghi

Very important: Lambrusco is served in a tumbler!!

There are three important things I learned about Lambrusco.

First, Lambruso is like a soft drink or wine cooler—meant to be paired with joyful, happy and family-style dining occasions. After tasting a few sips of Lambrusco, with its slight sugar buzz, semi-sweet flavors of berries and pomegranate, and an overall appealing tartness, I would definitely agree with a sense of happiness.

Second, Lambrusco pairs perfectly with comfort foods, and is married to classic Italian cuisine from Emilia-Romagna region which Italy is also very famous for.

Third, Lambrusco is served in a tumbler.

All things to keep in mind when pairing Lambrusco with an occasion, and the key, honestly, is to have fun!

Last week, I attended a Lambrusco tasting seminar hosted by Jeremy Parzen (@Dobianchi) who is an expert and educator in all things Italy—food, wine, and culture. Jeremy’s overview on dispelling the myths of Lambrusco opened my perspective to the fun state-of-mind this sparkling delight has to offer, and the zest for life Italians have enjoyed for centuries. Coincidently, National Lasagna Day was Saturday evening, and I invited a few neighbors and friends for lasagna dinner paired with one of Jeremy’s tasting selections at seminar from Cantina Puianello Lambrusco Barghi. I have to say, we all enjoyed this delightful Lambrusco, and YES … everyone had fun!! You, too, can enjoy and have fun with Lambrusco, and find selections from Parma to Reggio Emilia, Italy, at Vinology. I purchased this bottle for $14.50.

Jeremy Parzen, wine expert educator! And… famous wine blogger!!

Gwendolyn Knapp (Houston Press Food Editor) tasting Lambrusco!

My friend, Shelly, learning about Lambrusco!