Gianni Cantele pours Cantele Rosé from Negroamaro at Roséxpo, June 5-7 in Lecce

Gianni Cantele will be pouring the Cantele Rosé from Negroamaro at Roséxpo, June 5-7, the international rosé festival in Lecce, now in its second year.

It’s a great opportunity to taste a wide selection of rosé wines from Puglia — perhaps the largest gathering of Pugliese rosé producers — as well from many other Italian regions.

Click here for the list of producers. And click here for event and registration info.

best rosato rose wine puglia italyImage via the Roséxpo Facebook.

Italic in Austin, Texas: One of the newest and coolest Italian restaurants in America

best carbonara recipe austin texasAbove: The classic Spaghetti Carbonara by Chef Andrew Curren, one of Austin’s rising star chefs.

Even seven years after it officially became America’s “it” city, Austin’s hip factor hasn’t waned a bit.

In fact, the city — the “Live Music Capital of the World” and home to the South by Southwest music and media festival — has only become cooler over the last few years.

The launch of the Circuit of the Americas race track and the arrival of Formula 1 racing has only made the central Texas city even more cosmopolitan as more and more travelers come from across the world to experience this truly unique American city.

The restaurant scene has exploded there as well over the last five years. One of the most recent additions to the vibrant food culture there is Italic, a new Italian restaurant from celebrated Texas chef Andrew Cullen, who already had a long track record of smashing success in the River City (as it is known to locals).

Italic’s menu is focused on authentic “rustic” Italian cuisine and its wine list is curated by one of the leading wine experts in the country, Master Sommelier Craig Collins.

The restaurant just opened last month and the buzz so far is great. We can wait to check it out, especially because they serve Cantele Salice Salentino on their all-Italian (and truly awesome) wine list.

Congrats, Andrew and Craig, on the new joint!

123 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 660-5390
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Image via the Italic Facebook.

Wine Advocate 90 points for 2012 Amativo

amativo best puglia blendHere’s what Monica Larner, Italian critic for Robert Parker, Jr.’s Wine Advocate, had to say about the 2012 Amativo:

2012 Cantele Amativo
90 points

The 2012 Amativo is an IGT Salento blend of 60% Primitivo and 40% Negroamaro from the “heel of the boot” of Italy. The wine is aged in oak for one year (90% French oak and 10% American oak) and displays a dark, impenetrable consistency with aromas of dark fruit, leather, tobacco and spice. Amativo shows great textural richness with soft tannins and a long, opulent mouthfeel. This mighty Puglian red should continue its evolution for another five years.

Cantele is one of the most reliable producers of value wine from Puglia. The estate makes use of a wide selection of grape varieties to represent the many winemaking options of this sunny peninsula in the south of Italy.

New York Times coverage of Pierce’s Disease crisis

We began posting about the Pierce’s Disease (Xylella fastidiosa) crisis in Puglia late last year.

Today, the New York Times reports that “scientists estimate that one million olive trees in the peninsula, known as the Salento, are infected with the bacterium, Xylella fastidiosa, a figure that could rise rapidly.”

“For Italy, which trails only Spain in annual olive oil production, the outbreak has forced a bitter bargain: To prevent the bacterium from spreading north, officials are trying to quarantine the outbreak in the lower half of the Salento, where most of the contaminated trees are, by carving a buffer zone that would serve as a sort of biological firebreak.”

Please click here for the article.

olive tree pugliaImage via Yellow Cat.

Images from EXPO Milano (World’s Fair)

no farmers no partyAbove: The Coldiretti pavilion at EXPO Milano (World’s Fair). Click on the images below for larger versions.

“This is yet another example of how we Italians, when we put our minds to something, can create small miracles,” wrote Gianni Cantele on his Facebook after his visit to EXPO Milano (World’s Fair) on opening day last week.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for all of us to discover different cultures through food.”

“I can’t wait to get back here with my whole family.”

Gianni was there in his capacity as president of the Puglia chapter of Coldiretti, the Italian Confederation of Food Growers.

The fair’s theme is “feeding the planet, energy for life.”

The first image, below, is the Israeli pavilion.

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angola pavilion expo

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Springtime in America means it’s time for Cantele Rosato

best wine shop spring lake new jerseyWe just had to share this image posted by the Murray family on the Bottle Shop Instagram this week from Spring Lake, New Jersey.

“What is better,” they wrote, “than a juicy Dry Rosato with homemade spaghetti, fresh basil marinara & meatballs at the end of a long workday?!?! Ciao Paolo and Famiglia Cantele!”

It’s never a bad time to pop the cork on a bottle of Cantele Rosato from Negroamaro.

But springtime is always the best time: This wine, with its combination of freshness, fresh fruit flavor, balanced acidity, and gentle tannin, is ideal for its food-friendliness and versatility with the foods we serve this time of year.

Marinara and meatballs with fresh basil is a great example of this.

On the one hand, you have the acidity and tanginess of the tomatoes (and man, if you’ve ever had a delicious Jersey tomato in springtime, you know what we’re talking about!).

On the other hand, you have the savory notes and fattiness of the meatballs.

Add the herbal notes of the fresh spring basil and you have a lot going on in this dish.

And that’s why the rosato works so well: Its acidity and freshness work brilliantly with the tanginess of the sauce while it’s smooth tannin provides just enough astringency to cut through the meatiness.

And wow, homemade spaghetti? Murray family and Bottle Shop, that dish looks fan-friggin-tabulous!

Thanks for the shout out and happy spring!

Bottle Shop Of Spring Lake
1400 3rd Ave
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
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Kind words for our Primitivo from Corning NY, the “Crystal City”

best wine shop upstate new yorkIt’s always a great feeling to wake up in the morning and discover that someone likes your wine.

On this particular day, we were thrilled to read a note on the Bottles and Corks wine shop blog about our Primitivo (thank you Google alerts!):

“This Italian red appeals to my more woodsy side,” writes Bottles and Corks wine specialist Patricia Dyer, “and would be lovely to enjoy after hitting the trails. With its woody undertones and black cherry flavors, the Cantele is best enjoyed with pastas, red meats, and of course company!”

Patricia made it her #2 wine in her list of Top 10 Perfect Spring Wines.

Bottles and Corks is located on Main St. in the heart of Corning, New York, known as the “Crystal City” because it is home to the famous Corning glass manufacturer.

Thank you Patricia and thank you Bottles and Corks!

Bottles & Corks
130 W Market St
Corning, NY 14830
(607) 936-2222
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Image via the Bottles and Corks blog.