Cantele Rosato 2016: 90 POINTS ROBERT PARKER! “Wow, this is excellent value.”

So great to see this wine getting the attention it deserves.

“Wow, this is excellent value,” writes Monica Larner for Robert Parker.

Here are her tasting notes and score…

Cantele 2016 Rosato
90 points

This is a cheerful rosé from the deep south of Italy that opens to a bright pink-raspberry color. The 2016 Negroamaro Rosato is a distinct wine that boasts high individuality. The bouquet is almost savory in character with wild sage, dried fruit and cherry cola. This is a robust and medium-bodied rosato that stands a notch higher in terms of intensity next to many of its peers. Wow, this is excellent value.

This dynamic winery in the southern tip of Puglia shows some of the best values across the board in this roundup of Italian wines priced under $25. Congratulations to the winemaking team at Cantele for achieving such remarkable volume versus value margins. Case production on the three wines listed here are pretty big, ranging from 100,000 to 300,000 bottles of each wine.

Monica Larner
Italian wine reviewer

“The Magic of Salento”: Paolo Cantele in LA on Tuesday, October 17 at Sotto

To reserve, please email the restaurant by clicking here or call (310) 277-0210.

Magic of Salento Dinner 
with Pugliese pasta-maker Francesco Allegro 
and Pugliese winemaker Paolo Cantele 
An evening celebrating the magic of a land where sea, sun, and earth come together to create some of Italy’s most cherished gastronomic treasures.

Presented by Sotto wine director Jeremy Parzen

Tuesday, October 17
7:00 p.m.
$90 per person, plus tax & gratuity
Please email

There’s a saying in Puglia, the region that forms the heel of Italy’s boot: When a son learns how to make orecchiette (the famous “ear-shaped” pasta of Pugliese gastronomy), it’s time for him to leave home.

On Tuesday, October 17 at Sotto, we will be celebrating two of Puglia’s native sons, pasta-maker Francesco Allegro (above), Rossoblu’s resident sfoglino, and winemaker Paolo Cantele, whose family-owned winery (Cantele) makes some of our favorite expressions of Pugliese viticulture. Sotto’s chef de cuisine Craig Towe will be creating a special menu featuring Pugliese dishes for the occasion. And Sotto wine director Jeremy Parzen will present our guests from Italy. It’s sure to be a magical evening of classic artisanal Pugliese pastas paired with native grape varieties grown in Salento, the hub of Puglia’s wheat, olive oil, and wine production.

Both Francesco and Paolo hail from the Salento region of the Pugliese peninsula (and the two of them both attended university in the city of Lecce, where they first met). Salento is a long, narrow stretch of sun-kissed land, bordered by the Mediterranean on either side (it takes about 30 minutes to drive from one coast to the other). It’s limestone-rich soils, constant sea breeze, and sunny climate make it the ideal place to grow wheat for Puglia’s celebrated breads and pastas, olives for Puglia’s famed oils, and grapes for its legendary wines.

On Tuesday, October 17, two of its native sons will share some of the magic of this enchanted land by pairing classic handmade pastas and other culinary delights inspired by Salento foodways with wines raised side-by-side with the region’s wheat fields and olive groves. A marriage made not in heaven… but in Salento.

Thank you, Cantele, for coming to Houston (a note from our U.S. ambassador)

Above: Three weeks ago, downtown Houston was underwater.

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Jeremy Parzen. I’ve been a U.S. ambassador for Cantele wines and Cantele’s English-language blogger for almost seven years now.

I’m a native California and a former New Yorker. But in 2008, not long before I met Paolo Cantele for the first time, I fell in love with a woman from Texas. In late 2008, I moved to Austin to be with her. We were married in 2010 and began having children in 2011. In 2014, after our second daughter was born, we moved to Houston to be closer to my family there and to my wife’s family, who lives in Orange, Texas about two hours east of Houston.

As you already know, Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Harvey dropped more than 50 inches of rain over southeast Texas during five days of continuous rainfall. It caused catastrophic flooding and damage throughout our city and the Texas coastline.

It was the scariest thing I’ve ever lived through. And I am very fortunate to be able to say that our house didn’t flood. But our neighborhood and our community have been literally devastated by the hurricane. It was a human tragedy of epic proportions.

Paolo was one of my first friends to message me: “How can I help?” he wrote. I’ve always known Paolo to be a gentle and generous soul. I wasn’t surprised that he was one of the first people to reach out nor was I surprised by his offer.

Without missing a beat, I wrote back: “Come to Houston. Come and pour your wines and see for yourself that we are going to get back on our feet in no time.”

And he immediately responded: “I’ll be there.”

On Wednesday, October 11, we will be hosting Paolo for a wine dinner and tasting of his wines at Mascalzone on Houston’s westside.

Thank you, Paolo, for being a great friend and for supporting Houston when we need you most!

Jeremy Parzen
Cantele U.S. ambassador

Taste with Paolo Cantele in Texas and California in October!

Above: Italian-owned and managed Mascalzone in Houston is one of the city’s leading destinations for authentic Italian cuisine.

Paolo Cantele is coming Texas and California in October!

Here are dates for 3 dinners he’s hosting (some details to be confirmed)…

Wednesday, October 11
7:00 p.m.

3 classic Italian dishes
paired with Cantele wines

$50 per person
12126 Westheimer Rd.
Houston TX 77077
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CALL (832) 328-5151 TO RESERVE.

Thursday, October 12
7:00 p.m.

family-style dinner
featuring Cantele wines

price TBD
5924 Convair Dr.
Fort Worth TX 76109
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CALL (817) 349-0484 TO RESERVE.

SOTTO (Los Angeles)
Tuesday, October 17
7:00 p.m.

“Native Sons of Puglia”
dinner featuring Cantele wines
& artisanal pastas by Pugliese
pasta-maker Francesco Allegro

$90 per person
9575 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90035
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CALL (310) 277-0210 TO RESERVE.

Taste with Paolo in Texas and Los Angeles in October!

Paolo Cantele and Cantele’s US ambassador Jeremy Parzen (aka Do Bianchi) will be touring Texas and California in October of this year.

Here are the tentative dates and locations of at least three events they will be hosting. And there will be other opportunities to taste with them (including a couple of invite-only trade events).

Stay tuned for more details and in the meantime mark your calendars!

And in case you would like to meet and taste with Paolo during his U.S. visit, please shoot Jeremy an email (by clicking here) and he will hook it up for sure…

Looking forward to tasting Cantele with you!

Wednesday, October 11

Fort Worth
Thursday, October 12

Los Angeles
Tuesday, October 17