Cantele Salice Salentino: “Lovely with cherry, dark plum and blackberries as well as some leather, mineral, and spice.”

What a thrill for us to read this wonderful post by the Corkscrew Concierge, aka Katrina Rene, a (mostly) wine and food blogger based in Houston. We had the great pleasure of meeting her in October of this year when she added a wine dinner hosted by Paolo in Houston at Mascalzone, one of the city’s leading Italian restaurants.

Here’s what she had to say about our Salice Salentino:

“These wines are known as the some of the highest quality in Puglia and are known for the their baked and ripe red and black fruit, medium alcohol, medium, well-integrated tannins, and high acidity. Again, that acidity makes it great with food. This one was lovely with cherry, dark plum and blackberries as well as some leather, mineral, and spice. Braised and roasted meats are the name of the game here. We had it with a sauced stuffed pork served with spinach.”

Check out the rest of her post for notes on all of the Cantele wines we served that night and the fantastic pairings created by chef Angelo Cuppone especially for the occasion.

Thank you, Corkscrew Concierge, for joining us that evening and thanks for the kind words about our wines. We’re so glad you enjoyed them and we’ll look forward to tasting with you in March 2018 when we get back to your awesome city!

“Plus, it looks beautiful on the summer table. A rare jewel of a rosé.”

“This is a terrific food wine, perhaps the most food-friendly rosé I’ve tasted in a year,” writes top U.S. wine blogger Meg Houston Maker.

“It has enough heft to stand up to grilled foods but enough freshness to pair with salads, cold seafood, and young cheeses. Plus, it looks beautiful on the summer table. A rare jewel of a rosé.”

We’re always thrilled to see Cantele wines in the media. But it was a special treat for us to read her impressions: she’s a U.S. leading wine educator and blogger and her writing (including her contributions to Palate Press) stand apart in our view as some of the best and most informed wine writing in America today (her background is in creative writing).

You can call her a “wine writer.” But we call her a damn good writer who just happens to write about wine…

Click here for her post.

For your Father’s Day consideration: Cantele Amativo 90 points Robert Parker

Happy Father’s Day, everyone!

Here’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.

Click here to learn more about this extraordinary wine.

Robert Parker 90 points for 2012 Amativo: “great textural richness with soft tannins and a long, opulent mouthfeel”

Here’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.

Click here to learn more about this extraordinary wine.

“This devilish-red rosato was certainly made for food.” Wine writer Katherine Cole on Cantele Rosato

We couldn’t be more thrilled to learn that Cantele Rosato was featured in Katherine Cole’s newly released book, Rosé All Day (Abrams, April 11, 2017).

Katherine is one of the best wine writers working in North America today (and she’s one of our faves!).

Here’s what she had to say about our wine. And please check out her book and site here.

The Cantele family is a prominent part of the Salento success story, with their chic tasting room and “synesthetic laboratory” called iSensi, where cooking classes and wine-pairing meals are curated to stimulate the eyes, the ears, the nose, and the tongue. This devilish-red rosato was certainly made for food. The Negroamaro grape skins give it tart astringency and a botanical aroma that beg for a pairing with peppery arugula.

Ray Isle features Cantele and iSensi in September issue of Food & Wine

From the archives, Food & Wine magazine’s feature story on the Cantele family and its winery (2014).

food wine magazine pugliaGianni and Paolo Cantele and their iSensi cooking school are featured in a profile by Ray Isle for the September 2014 issue of Food & Wine.

“For decades,” writes Ray Isle, Food & Wine executive wine editor and one of the most popular writers in the U.S. today, “most Pugliese wine was sold in bulk to northern Italy.”

“‘I remember my grandfather working all day to send wine out of Puglia — these huge trucks taking wine up to make vermouth,” says Giuseppe Cupertino, sommelier for Due Camini at the Borgo Egnazia resort, one of the region’s top restaurants. ‘They’d come to my hometown in November, truck after truck after truck — even late at night. I’d see their lights driving away.'”

“Augusto Cantele was one of the first local winemakers to try to change that situation, and he worked for decades to raise people’s awareness of Puglia’s extraordinary potential. Now his sons, Paolo and Gianni, are running the Cantele Winery with the same ambition.”

Click here to read a complete version of the article.

Cantele Salice Salentino: “Absolutely freakin’ delicious” (thank you, Gregg!)

italian-wine-hawaiiOne of the best things about working in the wine trade in the age of social media is all the great people that you get to meet (in person and online).

Gregg U. is a lawyer who lives and works in Honolulu, Hawaii. But he’s also one of our favorite gourmets and wine lovers on Instagram.

We couldn’t have been more thrilled about his tasting note for the Cantele Salice Salentino on his feed the other day: “Absolutely freakin’ delicious,” he wrote.

Thank you, Gregg!

And if you’re looking for new food and wine lovers to follow on social media, check out Gregg’s Instagram. It’s really one of our faves…