Cantele Salice Salentino “a fantastic value” according to top wine blogger Cara Rutherford…

We were thrilled to see this tasting by Cara Rutherford, one of our favorite wine bloggers in the U.S. right now.

“Aromas of wild berries, herbs and earth. Layers of dark fruit (think plum, blackberry and black cherry) over black pepper and a wisp of smoky earth. Silky tannins and good acidity fuse into more fruit and spice on the lengthy finish. Well balanced, easy drinking and easy to pair, a fantastic value.”

Thank you, Cara!

Check out Cara’s awesome blog here.

Salice Salentino: How to pronounce it…

One of the biggest problems that Italian wine continues to face is the pronunciation of its grape names and appellation names.

Over the last 15 years, the popularity of Italian wine has exploded in the U.S. And Cantele wines, because of their value and their quality, have played a big part in the “Italian wine renaissance” in America.

Thanks to Cantele’s availability throughout North America, you can find the wines even in smaller, out-of-the-way markets and not just in the big cities. It’s enough to make an Italian winemaker proud!

But despite its popularity, availability, affordability, and high quality, people continue to pronounce the appellation name Salice Salentino incorrectly.

The correct pronunciation is SAH-lee-cheh SAH-lehn-TEE-noh. The accent in Salice is on the FIRST syllable (and not the second as so many people still pronounce it).

A few years ago, our English-language blogger made the above video of Paolo pronouncing the appellation name. There couldn’t be a better way to teach the proper way to say it.

Thanks for speaking Italian appellations with us!

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Salice Salentino one of Odd Bacchus’ TOP REDS 2013!

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We were thrilled to read that Chicago-based wine and travel writer Rob Frisch, author of the popular wine blog Odd Bacchus, had selected the 2009 Salice Salentino Riserva as one of his “top reds in 2013.”

Here’s what Rob Had to say about the wine…

According to The Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, the best wines in Italy’s Salice Salentino DOC are its Negroamaro-based reds, and the Cantele certainly did not disappoint.

This 100% Negroamaro had tight, powdery red-fruit aroma and ample fruit on the palate.

I got a blast of cherries, and others in the group also tasted currants and raisins.

Rich but bright, this full-bodied wine had well-balanced, rustic acids and some serious tannins on the finish.

Image via Odd Bacchus.

Cantele at Fritti, Atlanta’s hippest pizzeria

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We still haven’t made it down to Atlanta to check out the city’s hottest pizzeria, Fritti, where restaurateur Riccardo Ullio makes genuine pizza napoletana.

We’ll have to add it to the Rolling Thunder Cantele USA 2014 tour for sure!

In the meantime, if you happen to be down south, you’ll find Cantele Rosato di Negroamaro and Cantele Salice Salentino by the glass at Riccardo’s excellent restaurant.

309 North Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA ‎
(404) 880-9559
Google map

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Images via the Fritti Facebook.

Top northwest wine writer Paul Gregutt: “pick of the week Salice Salentino a perennial winner”

Earlier this month, the Cantele 2009 Salice Salentino was a “pick of the week” by leading northwest U.S. wine writer and columnist Paul Gregutt.

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

Cantele Salice Salentino is “perennial winner from Puglia… Cherry fruit leather, soft tannins, a super smooth mouthfeel, and the drink-now accessibility of a four-year-old wine make this a sure-fire choice for any meal… It was also given a prestigious Tre Bicchieri award, usually reserved for much pricier bottles.”

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There are many Mezze Lune but only one in Half Moon Bay

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Above: Many would argue that the view from Half Moon Bay on old Hwy. 1 in Northern California is one of the most beautiful along the west coast of the U.S. (image by Meg Lauber).

Mezza Luna
459 Prospect Way
Half Moon Bay, CA ‎
(650) 728-8108
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There are many Italian restaurants in the U.S. called Mezza Luna. It’s probably the most popular name for Italian restaurants in America and there seems to be one in every major U.S. city.

But there’s only one Mezza Luna (“Half Moon”) in Half Moon Bay, California, one of the most beautiful spots on earth.

Chef José Marquez, together with partners Giovanni Marzocca and Roberto Pugliese, have been bringing authentic Italian cuisine to this picturesque town since 1993 when they first opened Mezza Luna.

Scrolling through the restaurant’s Facebook, you discover that the food is almost as beautiful as the view and that Chef José bases his menu on gastronomic authenticity and the unrivaled high quality of ingredients that you find in California.

And clicking through the website, you discover that Chef José, Giovanni, and Roberto serve Cantele 2009 Salice Salentino…

Buon appetito!