Cooking classes in Cantele’s iSensi tasting kitchen

Did you know that the Cantele winery offers cooking classes in its iSensi tasting kitchen?

You can learn more about the different classes and wine and food tasting options on the iSensi site here.

And you can send a reservation request here (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

The hosts at iSensi will create a customized menu and class especially for you and your guests.

Want to learn how to make classic orecchiette? Want to taste local foods of Puglia paired with native grape varieties? Even if you just want to host a dinner party on iSensi’s lovely terrace overlooking the olive groves that surround the estate, the hosts at iSensi will create an experience especially for you.

Grilling this Memorial Day weekend? We humbly suggest Amativo (90 points Wine Spectator)

Happy Memorial Day to all of our American friends!

If you are grilling this weekend, we humbly suggest:

Cantele 2014 Amativo
90 POINTS

A balanced, medium-bodied red, offering rich notes of tarry smoke and grilled herb well-meshed with dried black currant and ground anise flavors. Lightly mouthwatering and accessible, with a chewy finish. Drink now through 2022. 100 cases imported.

Alison Napjus
Wine Spectator

Cantele launches new project with Italy’s National Research Council

This Sunday, May 27, on the occasion of Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars), Italy’s national winery weekend (when thousands of wineries open their doors to wine lovers across the country), Cantele will be presenting a new partnership with Italy’s esteemed National Research Council (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche).

Dubbed NEWine, the project aims to study yeast strains and develop winemaking protocols that will help winemakers across Puglia to create higher quality wine.

The Cantele family has made their iSensi Test Kitchen and Tasting Laboratory (above) available to the council’s researchers as their home base in Puglia.

The idea behind the project is to identify and develop strains of yeast that reflect the indigenous yeast colonies already present in Puglia while also improving winemaking. The research group appointed by the council will also develop protocols to help winemakers inoculate their wines with less risk of unwanted aromas and flavors.

The results of the project will be made available for all Pugliese winemakers.

It’s just another way that the Cantele family is working to help the Puglia wine industry across the board.

The research group will be presenting the project this Sunday at 10 a.m. as the winery kicks off a day of Cantine Aperte.

Click here for the event details on Facebook.

“Good value wine” — Weimax Wine and Spirits on Cantele Salice Salentino

Weimax Wine and Spirits in Burlingame, California has long been considered one of the best wine shops in the country. And the store’s Italian selection is not only renowned as a tastemaker for Italian wines and brand but also as a benchmark for quality.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that the staff picked Cantele Salice Salentino to be included in a recent offering of “good value wines.”

Here’s what they had to say about the wine:

The Negroamaro grape is typically found in Italy’s Puglia region in the “heel” of Italy’s boot.

The region is gaining fame as a tourist destination, but its wines lag far behind those of Piemonte and Toscana in terms of price.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for good value, Puglia might be a good place to start your search.

Many wines from Puglia could easily be described as “rustic” in the not-too-distant past. And it’s easy to find some of those sorts of wines even today if you look hard enough.

But the Cantele family has been making some good, somewhat modern wines for a number of years.

Thanks to Puglia being in the shadows of other wine regions, prices remain quite attractive.

This is a medium-bodied red wine. It’s entirely Negroamaro and the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks before being racked into seasoned oak barrels for about half a year.
It’s low in tannin, meaning the wine is smooth and it’s ready to drink upon release.

If you’re grilling some red meat or making a soulful pasta sauce, consider this as a good pairing.

As it’s so smooth, we like to chill it for about an hour in the ‘fridge.

Thank you Weimax Wine and Spirits for the great write-up!

Leading U.S. wine writer Jonathan Cristaldi recommends Cantele Rosato for Food & Wine

Jonathan Cristaldi is one of the hippest wine writers working in the U.S. today. We couldn’t be more thrilled that he included us in his “30 Rosés to Drink This Summer” for Food & Wine magazine.

Here’s what he had to say about the wine:

Here’s your “think outside the box” rosé. Puglia’s indigenous Negroamaro variety delivers a radiant raspberry color, and a juicy Rosato teeming with dried cherries, cola-spice and a suggestive dried sage note.

Thank you, Jonathan!

Click here for the complete list of wines he recommends (not bad company to keep!).

Rossoblu and Sotto in Los Angeles: Thanks for tasting with us at Vinitaly!

The dust is still settling from this year’s Vinitaly, the annual wine trade fair held in Verona.

One of the highlights for us this year was the time we spent with Los Angeles wine professionals Theo Greenly (second from left, standing next to Paolo) and Skylar Hughes (far right, standing next to Gianni).

Theo is the sommelier at Sotto in LA, a restaurant that specializes in southern Italian cuisine and southern Italian wine.

Skylar is the sommelier at Rossoblu, an Emilian-focused restaurant with a pan-Italian list.

Our wines have been featured on their lists at both restaurants since they first opened. And it was a thrill for us to taste our Teresa Manara line of wines with them: The Teresa Manara labels just became available in the U.S. for this first time this year.

It was the first Vinitaly for both of them and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to get to taste with them.

Thank you, Theo and Skylar, for all your support! We love the restaurants and we love you guys!