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  • “Smart Buy”: Wine Spectator features Cantele Salice Salentino, 90 points

    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
    90 points
    “Smart Buy”

    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.

    Alison Napjus
    Wine Spectator
    November 2019

  • Wine Spectator “Smart Buys”: Cantele Salice Salentino 90 points!

    From a preview of the November 2019 issue of Wine Spectator:

    Cantele 2015 Salice Salentino Riserva
    90 points
    “Smart Buy”

    This fresh, medium-bodied red shows a lovely mix of ripe and black fruit, currant, raspberry and blackberry flavors, with light, creamy tannins and hints of iron and herb.

    Alison Napjus
    senior editor

  • “When we eat pizza, arugula salad and meatballs in the summertime, this is the wine we crave!”

    We just had to share this lovely note from the Murray Family in Spring Lake, New Jersey, owners of the Bottle Shop, a second-generation wine shop.

    “When we eat pizza, arugula salad and meatballs in the summertime,” they write about the Cantele Rosato from Negroamaro, “this is the wine we crave!”

    “We were impressed by the complexity, consistency and value across the board,” they write. “Another interesting fact he shared with us is that Cantele adds even less sulfites than allowed by the legal organic limit. The estate is not organic, per se, but the vineyards are farmed sustainably.”

    Click here to read their review of the Cantele winery and the wine.

    Thank you, Murray family!

  • Taste Cantele at Vinitaly with leading Italian wine writer Daniele Cernilli

    For our friends and colleagues attending Vinitaly in Verona this year (April 7-10), we are pleased to share the news that leading Italian wine writer and expert Daniele Cernilli (above) will be pouring one of our wines at an exclusive event.

    On Tuesday, April 9, he’s presenting a guided tasting entitled “Amarone and Primitivo: Long Lost Brothers.”

    It’s a really impressive flight of wines and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of it.

    Click here for details and registration info. There are only a handful of spots available.

  • Wine Folly — the number one wine blog in the world — recommends Cantele Salice Salentino

    It’s always nice when a wine writer recommends your wine.

    It’s even nicer when a top wine writer recommends your wine on the number one wine blog in the world!

    We couldn’t have been more thrilled to learn that veteran wine writer and New York Times contributor Stacy Slinkard included Cantele’s Salice Salentino in her post this week on “the Best Italian Red Wines for Beginners” on Wine Folly.

    Click here for her post and for the other Italian red wines and producers she recommends.

    Thank you, Stacy! And thank you, Wine Folly!

  • “A rare jewel of a rosé.”

    “This is a terrific food wine, perhaps the most food-friendly rosé I’ve tasted in a year,” writes top U.S. wine blogger Meg Houston Maker.

    “It has enough heft to stand up to grilled foods but enough freshness to pair with salads, cold seafood, and young cheeses. Plus, it looks beautiful on the summer table. A rare jewel of a rosé.”

    We’re always thrilled to see Cantele wines in the media. But it was a special treat for us to read her impressions: She’s a leading U.S. wine educator and blogger and her writing (including her contributions to Palate Press) stand apart in our view as some of the best and most informed wine writing in America today (her background is in creative writing).

    You can call her a “wine writer.” But we call her a damn good writer who just happens to write about wine…

    Click here for her post.

    Image via Meg Houston Maker’s Facebook.

  • “Best value.” Wine Spectator on Cantele Salice Salentino…

    Here’s what Wine Spectator Italian editor Alison Napjus has to say about the Cantele Salice Salentino, a wine she has included in her “best value” round ups.

    Cantele Salice Salentino
    89 points
    BEST VALUE

    Juicy flavors of ripe wild strawberry and red licorice mark the start to this light-to medium-bodied red, with supple tannins lending some structure and weight. Savory accents of garrigue, loamy earth and star anise echo on the finish.

    The wine has also been included by Wine Spectator senior editor Tim Fish in his Memorial Day recommendations for summer grilling.

    Click here for his blog post.

  • Paolo and Gianni featured in Food & Wine magazine

    From the archives, Food & Wine magazine’s feature story on the Cantele family and its winery (2014).

    “For decades,” writes Ray Isle, Food & Wine executive wine editor and one of the most popular writers in the U.S. today, “most Pugliese wine was sold in bulk to northern Italy.”

    “‘I remember my grandfather working all day to send wine out of Puglia — these huge trucks taking wine up to make vermouth,” says Giuseppe Cupertino, sommelier for Due Camini at the Borgo Egnazia resort, one of the region’s top restaurants. ‘They’d come to my hometown in November, truck after truck after truck — even late at night. I’d see their lights driving away.'”

    “Augusto Cantele was one of the first local winemakers to try to change that situation, and he worked for decades to raise people’s awareness of Puglia’s extraordinary potential. Now his sons, Paolo and Gianni, are running the Cantele Winery with the same ambition.”

    Click here to read a complete version of the article.

  • Cantele Salice Salentino wins Slow Wine award for “daily wine”

    It’s always been our mission to create high-quality, value-driven wines. Our top wines are always a source of great reward for us. But we are also extremely proud of our wines that deliver quality at a great price. And we were thrilled to be awarded the “Daily Wine” award by the editors of the prestigious Slow Wine guide to the wines of Italy.