Vinarius, the Italian association of wine shop owners, visits Cantele

Cantele was thrilled to host a group from Vinarius this week, the Italian association of wine shop owners.

That’s winemaker Gianni Cantele (above, right) speaking to the group, including some of the top wine retailers in Italy today.

Vinarius counts more than 100 wine shop owners across Italy and abroad as its members. It provides them with a robust networking mechanism and it promotes wine education as well. The trip to Salento and their winery visits there was a great example of its mission: connecting likeminded wine professionals and allowing them to trade information and experiences while tasting new wines and learning about local winemaking practices.

But Vinarius also maintains high ethical standards and “best business practices” for the industry at large and it requires its members to adhere to the association’s charter.

The wine shop owners are the immediate beneficiaries of the group’s mission but ultimately, it is the consumer who benefits the most from the group’s efforts. Wine lovers who shop with Vinarius member wine retailers are assured of the provenance and high quality of the products they buy.

Thank you, Vinarius, for taking the time out to visit Cantele! You play such an important role in our industry and we were thrilled to host your group!

Goodbye Düsseldorf, hello Verona…

And so the lights go down over ProWein. The empty bottles are gathered up together with the contacts we’ve made with people from all over the world. The fair in Düsseldorf becomes more international with each passing year. Three days, lived intensely, with the same passion as always. We’ll be doing it all over again in three weeks, this time in Verona. We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

—Paolo Cantele

Look for Cantele at Vinitaly this year, April 9-12, Hall 11, Stand E2.

Gambero Rosso magazine features Salento, “the land of Negroamaro,”

Once “Italy’s best kept secret,” Salento is increasingly becoming a major food and wine tourism destination. Its growing popularity is owed — in our humble opinion — to the fact that the quality of the wines being produced here continues to attract not only food and wine lovers, but also some of the world’s leading food and wine writers, including American media.

In the last couple of years alone, for example, Cantele and Salento have been featured in Food & Wine magazine and Wine Spectator, among many other high-profile mastheads.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that our region is receiving the recognition it deserves as one of the greatest food and wine destinations in the world.

Kudos to the editors of the Gambero Rosso for their excellent feature on Salento in the March issue of the magazine! Hopefully, it will make the English-language of the magazine as well.

Happy International Women’s Day: #BeBoldForChange

Happy International Women’s Day, everyone!

Please check out the official International Women’s Day website: The theme for this year’s observance is #BeBoldForChange.

Check out this report in the New York Times about IWD events that are happening across the world.

And check out the Wikipedia entry for background on the history of the observance and its origins.

A lot of people in the United States don’t realize that International Women’s Day originated in America. For generations of Italians and Europeans, the observance has represented a day for reflecting on the rights and roles of women in the work place. It’s great to see the observance gain more prominence in America as well.

Cantele in the “happiest place on earth”: Portobello at Disney World

best-wine-disney-world-landHonestly, when you think of Disney World and Disney Land, fine wine and fine dining are the first things that come to mind.

But we were pleasantly surprised — actually, totally blown away — to discover Portobello, a superb Italian restaurant with a FANTASTIC wine list at Disney World in Florida, otherwise known as “the happiest place on earth.”

Check out the wine list here.

This isn’t just another “corporate” wine selection that’s been written by a sales agent from a big distributor. It’s a truly thoughtful and highly curated selection of value-driven Italian wines. And what’s more is that the selection reflects a true understanding of what makes Italian wine so great: Freshness, wholesomeness, and food-friendliness.

We couldn’t have been more proud to taste with the folks there.

Congratulations, Portobello, on your excellent list and food. Thank you for everything you do for Italian wine!

Portobello
@Marketplace
1650 Buena Vista Dr.
Orlando FL 32830
(407) 934-8888
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Paolo hits the road in the U.S.: A dispatch from the excellent Bocce in Miami

bocce-miami-best-italian-restaurantCantele Winery export manager Paolo Cantele is “working the market” over the next few weeks here in the U.S.

We’ll be following him here on the Cantele USA blog and you can also get even more timely updates on the Cantele Facebook (which is revving back into high gear, btw).

He was in Miami yesterday where he visited the beautiful Bocce Ristorante, an east coast standby for truly authentic Italian cuisine. Whenever he comes to America, Paolo is always impressed by how the love for true Italian cooking only continues to grow here. And Bocce is no exception for the new high standards for regional Italian cookery in North America.

Here’s what the Miami Herald had to say about Chef Nunzio Fuschillo:

“Energetic, lovable Nunzio Fuschillo is the third chef to lead the kitchen of 2-year-old Bocce. And he appears to be the right fit, lifting the restaurant to a 3-star Miami Herald review in December by showcasing the rustic comforts of Italian cooking.”

“Fuschillo’s fresh mozzarella, housemade pastas and hand-tossed pizzas benefit from the effort and care that go into traditional cooking methods. He rotates in specials — like an untraditional white lasagna with potato, gorgonzola and pancetta — and keeps them on the menu based on what his guests are responding to. He also has one of the more entertaining Instagram accounts of Miami chefs, alternating posts of kitchen shots and downtime with his newlywed wife, Bourbon Steak pastry chef Patty Lopez.”

Check out his Instagram here. We’re already hooked!

Bocce Ristorante
3252 NE 1st Ave.
Miami FL 33137
(The Shops at Midtown Miami)
(786) 245-6211
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