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  • Coming soon to America: Teresa Manara Chardonnay 2017, a “spectacular vintage”

    Winemaker Gianni Cantele is extremely pleased with the results from the 2017 harvest and he expects this vintage of Teresa Manara Chardonnay to be spectacular.

    The Cantele family made history when it planted and began producing Chardonnay in Puglia in the 1990s. Today, the wines are considered benchmarks for the region.

    Despite its renown in Italy, the wine has just become available in the U.S.
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  • Sottocuoco: A new app from Lecce that connects food lovers with chefs and home cooks.

    Earlier this month, Paolo Cantele and Cantele’s English-language blogger attended the launch of a new and truly innovative app called Sottocuoco in Lecce (Salento, Puglia).

    The concept is as simple as it is brilliant: The app allows users (known as forchette or forks) to connect with professional chefs and home cooks who, for a fee, will either deliver a meal to your home or visit your home to prepare a meal in your own kitchen.

    The start-up was inspired by a new trend that is spreading rapidly across Italy and Europe: Mostly through word-of-mouth, career chefs and food professionals have been making extra money by working as private chefs and caterers; and talented home cooks, who abound in Italy where creative and traditional home cooking is considered much more than just a pastime, have been following in the footsteps of their career and professional counterparts.

    Not only is the concept so promising and appealing that it has attracted major investment from Italian venture capitalists, but it has also received an endorsement from one of Italy’s leading high tech pioneers, Matteo Achilli, who has been dubbed the “Italian Mark Zuckerberg” by the Italian media.
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  • Cantele wines on their way to the U.S.!

    You may have seen the news on the Shanken News Daily blog or on WineBusiness.com: Cantele is now imported in the U.S. by legacy importer Winebow.

    The Cantele family couldn’t be more thrilled by this new and exciting partnership. And the best news is that Winebow has decided to bring some of the estate’s top wines to the U.S. for the first time.

    The first containers are expected to land shortly and they will include the follow wines:

    Chardonnay
    Teresa Manara Chardonnay (NEW!)
    Rosato
    Primitivo
    Salice Salentino
    Teresa Manara Negroamaro (NEW!)
    Amativo

    There are a few other labels that will be making the voyage across the Atlantic as well and we’ll post updates here on the blog as they come in.

    But in the meantime, our English-language blogger will be posting technical info and tasting notes for all the wines that will be landing in just a few weeks. He was recently in Salento where he visited the winery and sat down with export manager Paolo Cantele to taste all the new releases headed for the states.

    Stay tuned: We’ll post the first in the series later this week.

    Hello U.S.A.! Here we come!

  • Primitivo: The meaning of the grape name

    Perhaps more than any other grape variety, Primitivo has been intensely scrutinized by wine historians and geneticists.

    See, for example, the Wiki entry for Primitivo/Zinfandel, where the editors give an excellent overview of the tide of scholarship that has been devoted to the grape, including Charles Sullivan’s excellent monograph Zinfandel: A History of a Grape and Its Wine, published in 2003 by University of California Press.

    There’s no doubt in my mind that the intense attention that has been devoted to Primitivo is owed to the immense popularity and commercial success of Zinfandel in the U.S.
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