Above: Gianni Cantele with Master of Wine Liz Thach (right). Dr. Thach called it “the best wine tasting selfie ever!”
The only thing more thrilling than welcoming a Master of Wine to the Cantele winery (earlier this summer) is reading her impressions of the visit on her blog.
Dr. Liz Thach, MW came to Salento in late May with a group of students from Sonoma State University, where she teaches at the Wine Business Institute.
And this week, she shared her notes on her wonderful blog, Wine Travel Stories, including an overview of the winery and tasting notes.
The group happened to arrive during Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars), an annual event held across Italy: Across the country, wineries literally “open there doors” and hold free tastings and serve light bites to any and all visitors.
“We arrived at Cantine Cantele around 4:30 in the afternoon,” she writes, “and discovered it was hopping, with lots of good music, crowds of local Italians, children and dogs running around, and everyone gesturing and talking loudly. There were games set up for the children, and lots of free food and wine. We loved it!”
She had high marks for the entire flight she tasted but the wine that seemed to impress her the most was the Amativo: “It reminded me very much of a big red zinfandel from Lodi — huge plush tannins, concentrated, jammy, spicy fruity with chocolate notes. Over the top, decadent, and causing most everyone who tasted it to fall in love instantly.”
Thank you, Dr. Thach!
About Dr. Thach (from the Institute of Masters of Wine website):
Dr. Liz Thach is the Distinguished Professor of Wine and a Professor of Management at Sonoma State University in the Wine Business Institute where she teaches in both the undergraduate and Wine MBA programmes. In addition, she has 10 years of executive and management level experience at Fortune 500 companies and has done consulting and research projects for more than 30 different wineries. Liz’s passion is wine, and she has visited most of the major wine regions of the world and more than 25 countries. In addition, she has published over 120 articles and eight wine books, including Wine – A Global Business and Wine Marketing & Sales. A fifth generation Californian, Liz finished her Ph.D. at Texas A&M and now lives on Sonoma Mountain, where she tends a small hobby vineyard and makes garagiste wine. She also works as a wine judge in various competitions, and has served on many non-profit wine boards.