The never-ending harvest of 2015

passanti puglia dried grape wineEarlier today, on his Facebook, winemaker Gianni Cantele shared these photos of Fiano grapes that he’s been drying for Cantele’s passito Le Passanti (which, sadly, is not available in the U.S.).

He added the hashtag: #‎neverendingharvest2015‬.

As the saying goes in the wine business, it ain’t over until it’s over!

Cantele began picking its 2015 harvest in late September.

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Who says wine blogging is dead? A tasting note by one of our fav wine bloggers

buddha in your glass wine blogNo one really knows when “wine blogging” actually became a thing. But we can remember back to the summer of 2007 when there were already a handful of high-profile wine bloggers who were actively posting (Alice Feiring, Alfonso Cevola, Eric Asimov, Alder Yarrow…).

In the years that followed, literally hundreds of wine bloggers began to populate the internets with tasting notes and impressions of the wines they tasted and wineries they visited.

It was back in the summer of 2012 that a pretty serious wine blogger claimed that “wine blogging is dead… sort of.”

Whatever, dude!

While the rich and famous wine bloggers like him have continued to navelgaze, the rest of us have carried on: Not for the sake of glory or notoriety, but for the sake of documenting the wines that we have cared about.

We were thrilled to learn that Buddha in Your Glass, one of our favorite wine bloggers, cared enough about our Salice Salentino that she decided to blog about it.

Here’s what she had to say:

Dark garnet in colour with delightfully earthy aromas of wild berry preserves, garrique and hints of wildflowers. Tastes rather similar to the aromas, with berry and floral notes providing a delicate edge to the rustic, earthy backbone. Black pepper and leather elements linger on the velvety finish.

That’s not all she had to say. Click here for the complete post.

And thank you, Buddha in Your Glass! Blog on, sistah!

Congrats to our friends at Sotto for being named one of LA’s “best Italian lists” by LA Mag

best italian wine list los angelesThere’s a saying at Sotto, the popular southern Italian restaurant in Los Angeles headed by chef Steve Samson.

“OG chef juice.”

Say what?

It’s shorthand for original gangsta chef’s wine, in other words, chef Steve’s original favorite wine to drink when he gets off work.

To this day, chef Steve’s favorite wine to drink at the end of his shift is Cantele Rosato from Negroamaro.

It’s been on the wine list there since the restaurant opened more than four years ago. Other wines by Cantele have also made and continue to make appearances there, like the Amativo and the Salice Salentino and Negoramaro.

Los Angeles magazine recently called the wine program at Sotto “one of the best places to drink Italian wine in Los Angeles.”

Check out the article here (November 2015 issue).

Over the years, Cantele wines have racked up a lot of accolades.

But one of the ones we are most proud of is original gangsta.

Congratulations to our friends at Sotto for this much deserved honor!

“We dig this wine”: Cantele in San Francisco

ferry plaza san franciscoHere’s what the folks at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant in San Francisco had to say about the Cantele Negroamaro:

“We dig this wine for its pretty and surprisingly floral nose, its very present dark red plum fruit flavors and the fact that it does not have a rustic edge to it that so many wines, especially in this price range, have from Puglia. It most definitely feels like a wine from southern Italy but it has nice depth and one might even say polish about it. It is medium bodied with medium intensity, fairly soft tannins, nice balancing acidity and a touch of earthy minerality. It was gobbled up by our guests when we featured it on the wine bar recently. It’s perfectly fine on its own and would also pair well with typical Italian fare like spaghetti and meat balls or pizza.”

Image via Wiki Commons.

Harvest: It ain’t over til it’s over! Now it’s time for dried-grape wine

dried grape fiano“Is the 2015 harvest done? Not quite,” writes Gianni on his Facebook yesterday.

“Besides the racking of the Negroamaro that we picked on October 8, I still need to press and ferment this splendid late-harvest Fiano.”

“These are actually the things I enjoy the most, now that the hectic time of the full-throttle harvest is over.”