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Saturday, February 22
American friends and wine lovers,
As you are probably already aware, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is currently considering the implementation of 100 percent tariffs on wines produced in the European Union, including Italian wines.
Using the first two links below, you can writes to your representatives in congress expressing your concern (it takes just a few clicks to fill out the form and generate a pre-written “form” letter that will be sent to your senators and your congressperson).
The third link can be used to post a comment on the USTR website. The deadline for submitting comments to the USTR is Monday, January 13.
Thank you for making your voice heard.
Write to your senators (via the National Association of Wine Retailers):
To your congressperson (via the National Association of Wine Retailers):
To the United States Trade Representative (USTR):
The deadline to register your concern with the USTR is Monday, January 13.
Wishing all of our friends, across the world, a happy holiday season from all the families at the Cantele family winery!
Thanks for being here in 2019. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!
On Saturday, November 30, the editors of the Bibenda guide to the wines of Italy held their annual gala awards ceremony at one of Rome’s ritziest hotels.
Paolo Cantele was on hand to receive the Cinque Grappoli (Five Bunches) award, the publication’s top ranking, for Cantele’s 2017 Late Harvest Chardonnay Teresa Manara.
This wine has a special place in the Cantele family’s heart: It’s named after the grandmother to the current generation, the woman who fell in love with Salento and decided that she and her husband should relocate there in the years that followed World War II.
It’s also a special wine because it was winemaker Gianni and export director Paolo’s father, Augusto Cantele, who became a pioneer of Italian Chardonnay when he began making the wines in Salento in the late 1990s.
As Paolo wrote on the estate’s Facebook, “it’s an award that we are proud of, as winemakers and as Pugliesi.”
The Bibenda guide to the wines of Italy is one of Italy’s most prestigious. For five decades, its editors have been publishing some of the country’s most respected guides to Italian wines, olive oils, and distillates. In 2013 it created the Italian Sommelier Foundation to expand its reach into wine education. It’s widely considered to be one of Italy’s most important food and wine-focused associations in the world. The Cantele family couldn’t be more thrilled to receive this top award.
Image via the official Bibenda Facebook.
Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends in the U.S.!
Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!
One of our most popular wines in the U.S., the Cantele Rosato is made from 100 percent Negroamaro grapes. The fruit is sourced from our top vineyards: The same grapes that are used to make our top Negroamaro also go into this beautiful pink wine.
With just enough tannic structure to make it perfect for the holiday feast, its freshness and bright flavors make it a wine that everyone at the Thanksgiving table will enjoy.
Having trouble finding it in your market? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our American blogmaster here. He’ll be happy to help you source it in your city.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends in the U.S. Wishing you and family a happy and healthy holiday season!
We’re thrilled to share the news that Cantele’s 2015 Salice Salentino Riserva is featured in this month’s issue of Wine Spectator!
Here’s what senior editor Alison Napjus had to say in her tasting note for the wine:
Cantele 2015 Salice Salentino Riserva
This fresh, medium-bodied red shows a lovely mix of ripe red and black fruit, currant, raspberry and blackberry flavors, with light, creamy tannins and hints of iron and herb. Drink now through 2024.
It’s been an exciting year for Cantele in the U.S.
Earlier this year, the winery launched its new partnership with Leonardo LoCascio Selections (Winebow), the number-one importer of Italian wines in the U.S. today.
And for the first time since Cantele began selling its wines in the U.S. decades ago, the winery’s flagship Negroamaro — the Teresa Manara Negroamaro — is now widely available in the country.
Like the estate’s flagship Chardonnay (Teresa Manara Chardonnay), it’s named after Teresa Manara Cantele, the woman who inspired the family to move to Puglia’s Salento peninsula three generations ago.
It’s made with the estate’s top selection of Negroamaro grapes, picked at ideal ripeness to produce a full-bodied, rich but lithe expression of Salento’s noble red grape variety.
We are particularly happy that it has finally made its way to the U.S. because we believe it’s a wonderful wine for the classic Thanksgiving meal, fresh on the nose and palate but with enough structure and smooth tannins to make pair well with Americans’ favorite holiday dishes.
Feel free to email our American blogmaster Jeremy if you need help finding Teresa Manara Negroamaro at a wine shop near you.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American friends!
When people first become familiar with the wines of the Cantele family, they are often surprised to discover that the winery produces Chardonnay.
Primitivo? Of course! The great red workhorse of Pugliese wine.
Negroamaro? It goes without saying! Negroamaro is the quintessential red grape of the Salento peninsula and it produces one of the greatest wines of Italy.
Historically, Puglia has been known for its production of red grapes. And there was a time (and not so long ago that people don’t remember) when red wine was shipped from Puglia up to Northern Italy and even as far away as France. It was often blended into red wines that needed higher alcohol levels or more color.
Indeed, Puglia was a powerhouse in commercial wine production throughout the modern era.
If you drank a red wine in a Paris restaurant at the height of the phylloxera crisis during the mid-nineteenth century, it’s not unlikely that you drank a wine grown in Puglia.
It wasn’t until the early 1990s when Augusto Cantele began experimenting with new approaches to grape harvest that Chardonnay became a commercially viable grape variety in Puglia and he is widely recognized as the Chardonnay pioneer of the Salento peninsula.
He believed — and his vision for white wine in Puglia has become a reality — that the limestone subsoils of Puglia’s Salento Peninsula were ideal for the cultivation of Chardonnay.
Indeed, the entire Salento peninsula lies on limestone.
That same limestone is what gives the city of Lecce it’s golden baroque architecture.
It’s also what has made Puglia one of the world’s greatest olive oil producers since antiquity.
How could we not share the above photo from one of our favorite restaurants in New York City?
Those are taralli, the classic savory snack from Puglia, homemade at Gradisca in Manhattan, one of the city’s leading Italian culinary destinations.
The folks at Gradisca, which is named after the famous character in Federicao Fellini’s classic film Amarcord, take most of their inspiration from Emilia-Romagna (be sure to try the tigelle btw!).
But they also venture out into other regional cuisines of Italy, like these taralli (from their Facebook).
Technically a savory shortbread, taralli are baked using just flour, olive oil, and salt — Pugliese flour and olive oil, of course!
Some believe that they originated as a sort of friendship ring that travelers could carry with them.
Our English-language blogger once heard Master of Wine Jancis Robinson say that they were possibly the best accompaniment to wine tasting (no joke!).
Not only will you find fun specials like this at Gradisca, but you can also drink Cantele Rosato there.
We couldn’t be more proud to be part of this extraordinary program.