Puglia citrus farmers gravely impacted by snow and freezing temperatures, “one of the worst crises in our lifetime”

snow-italyGianni (second from left) was in Bari yesterday “to promote sales of citrus grown in Taranto province. Trees there have been gravely damaged,” he wrote on his Facebook, “by the snow and the freezing temperatures over the last week. We are calling on government agencies to give the maximum aid possible to farmers and all sectors that are facing one of the worst crises in our lifetime.”

Gianni is the president of Coldiretti Puglia, the regional office of the National Independent Farmers Confederation.

There have been reports of more than 3 feet of snowfall in central and southern Italy and most of Italy remains “snowed in” this week according to most accounts.

Restaurant Alba: A GREAT Italian wine list in Malvern PA

homemade-agnolotti-recipeAbove: Homemade agnolotti, made every day at Restaurant Alba in Malvern, Pennsylvania not far from Philadelphia.

Here at the CanteleUSA blog, we’re always looking around the internets for interesting wine lists.

This week, we came across this superb (mostly) Italian list at Restaurant Alba in Malvern, Pennsylvania, not far from Philadelphia proper.

It’s just so great to see such thoughtful and well-put-together lists like this. They reflect the growing interest in and passion for Italian wines that are spreading across the U.S. today. And we loved that the Barolo and Barbaresco sections include notes on the modernist and traditionalist leanings of the winemakers. Really cool stuff.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that Cantele is part of this awesome program. It deftly shows the breadth and depth of Italian wine through an informed selection of labels from across the boot.

Bravo Restaurant Alba!

Restaurant Alba
7 W King St.
Malvern PA 19355
(610) 644-4009
Google map

Image via the Restaurant Alba Facebook.

Snow in Puglia! Yes, snow in Puglia. Not good news for Salento farmers…

snow-in-puglia“I keep on thinking that we have finished seeing such anomalous [weather] for our area,” wrote Gianni Cantele on his Facebook yesterday. “I hope we have because I’ve had enough.”

“We’ll remember this for a long time. And unfortunately, we’ll also remember the damage it did to Pugliese agriculture. As my grandfather used to say, ‘Courage!'”

The following are images that Gianni and Paolo posted this week from Salento. The last one is from friend of Cantele Chris Zimmerman’s Facebook.

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Happy new year from CanteleUSA!

gallipoli-puglia-beach-photo-license-freeHappy new year from CanteleUSA!

That’s a photo that Paolo took of Gallipoli last week. Gorgeous, right?

We hope you all enjoyed the winter break. And we hope you all will join us as we set out on new wine adventures in 2017.

Stay tuned for new posts coming your way. And have a great new year, filled with health and happiness.

As Paolo likes to put it: Keep all the love you can…

Primitivo for your holiday consideration: “mouthwatering freshness that keeps you wanting another taste.”

linea_cantele2015_primitivoHere’s what Master Sommelier, Brett Zimmerman, owner of Boulder Wine Merchant, one of the leading wine retailers in the U.S., had to say about Cantele Primitivo…

People are looking for everyday value when it comes to wines, and it really doesn’t get any better than the price to quality ratio of Cantele. A truly great example of a “family operated” winery, this family owns 50 hectare in Puglia and contracts another 150 to make wine at two different facilities. Situated in Puglia, on the Adriatic coast and far south of Italy’s more famous regions, the wines produced here offer a soft, supple texture, with full ripeness and fruit development. Primitivo has found tremendous success in this area and proves to be one of the “workhorse” wines of the region. The more prestigious Salice Salentino is perhaps better known, but for the sake of this newsletter we have chosen the raw simplicity of this delicious Primitivo. Loads of wild berries, dark cherry, fresh sage, and a sappy, mouthwatering freshness that keeps you wanting another taste.

Happy holidays, everyone! And happy holiday shopping!

Wine Spectator: Cantele Salice Salentino a “best value” wine

linea_canteleHere’s what Wine Spectator Italian editor Alison Napjus had to say about the Cantele Salice Salentino, a wine she included in her “best value” round up last year.

Cantele Salice Salentino
89 points
BEST VALUE

Juicy flavors of ripe wild strawberry and red licorice mark the start to this light- to medium-bodied red, with supple tannins lending some structure and weight. Savory accents of garrigue, loamy earth and star anise echo on the finish.

The wine was also recommended by Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish in his recent Memorial Day recommendations for summer grilling. Click here for his article (subscribers only).