“Good value wine” — Weimax Wine and Spirits on Cantele Salice Salentino

Weimax Wine and Spirits in Burlingame, California has long been considered one of the best wine shops in the country. And the store’s Italian selection is not only renowned as a tastemaker for Italian wines and brand but also as a benchmark for quality.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that the staff picked Cantele Salice Salentino to be included in a recent offering of “good value wines.”

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

The Negroamaro grape is typically found in Italy’s Puglia region in the “heel” of Italy’s boot.

The region is gaining fame as a tourist destination, but its wines lag far behind those of Piemonte and Toscana in terms of price.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for good value, Puglia might be a good place to start your search.

Many wines from Puglia could easily be described as “rustic” in the not-too-distant past. And it’s easy to find some of those sorts of wines even today if you look hard enough.

But the Cantele family has been making some good, somewhat modern wines for a number of years.

Thanks to Puglia being in the shadows of other wine regions, prices remain quite attractive.

This is a medium-bodied red wine. It’s entirely Negroamaro and the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks before being racked into seasoned oak barrels for about half a year.
It’s low in tannin, meaning the wine is smooth and it’s ready to drink upon release.

If you’re grilling some red meat or making a soulful pasta sauce, consider this as a good pairing.

As it’s so smooth, we like to chill it for about an hour in the ‘fridge.

Thank you Weimax Wine and Spirits for the great write-up!

Leading U.S. wine writer Jonathan Cristaldi recommends Cantele Rosato for Food & Wine

Jonathan Cristaldi is one of the hippest wine writers working in the U.S. today. We couldn’t be more thrilled that he included us in his “30 Rosés to Drink This Summer” for Food & Wine magazine.

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

Here’s your “think outside the box” rosé. Puglia’s indigenous Negroamaro variety delivers a radiant raspberry color, and a juicy Rosato teeming with dried cherries, cola-spice and a suggestive dried sage note.

Thank you, Jonathan!

Click here for the complete list of wines he recommends (not bad company to keep!).

Rossoblu and Sotto in Los Angeles: Thanks for tasting with us at Vinitaly!

The dust is still settling from this year’s Vinitaly, the annual wine trade fair held in Verona.

One of the highlights for us this year was the time we spent with Los Angeles wine professionals Theo Greenly (second from left, standing next to Paolo) and Skylar Hughes (far right, standing next to Gianni).

Theo is the sommelier at Sotto in LA, a restaurant that specializes in southern Italian cuisine and southern Italian wine.

Skylar is the sommelier at Rossoblu, an Emilian-focused restaurant with a pan-Italian list.

Our wines have been featured on their lists at both restaurants since they first opened. And it was a thrill for us to taste our Teresa Manara line of wines with them: The Teresa Manara labels just became available in the U.S. for this first time this year.

It was the first Vinitaly for both of them and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to get to taste with them.

Thank you, Theo and Skylar, for all your support! We love the restaurants and we love you guys!

Doctor Wine: 91 points for Cantele 2014 Salice Salentino

Doctor Wine, one of Italy’s leading tasting note portals, awarded 91 points to the 2014 Cantele Salice Salentino this month.

Here’s the tasting note (translation by Cantele):

Cantele 2014 Salice Salentino
91 points

Made from 100 percent Negroamaro grapes, this wine ages for six months in small casks and then finishes its aging stainless-steel tanks. Garnet red in color, it offers a wide spectrum of aromas on the nose, with hints of balsamic, currants, sour cherry, and rhubarb. The wine is rich and smooth in the mouth, with evolved, velvety tannin.

Doctor Wine
April 2018