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  • A new Thanksgiving tradition: Teresa Manara Negroamaro

    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!

  • Wine Spectator features Cantele Rosato

    With harvest well under way here in Salento at the Cantele winery, we couldn’t have been more thrilled to learn that Wine Spectator has featured our Rosato from Negroamaro as one of the editors’ top rosé wines for the summer of 2019.

    In “10 Rosés for One Last Hurrah,” senior editor Alison Napjus offers this tasting note for the 2018 Cantele Rosato (88 points), one of the magazine’s recommended wines for Labor Day weekend (the official end of summer in the U.S.):

    “A bright and buoyant rosé, with an appealing mix of mulberry and white cherry, almond blossom and pink grapefruit sorbet. Tangy finish.”

    Click here for the complete review (subscribers only).

  • It’s a small world after all: Cantele at Walt Disney World

    It’s always a great feeling to discover that someone likes your wine enough to pour by-the-glass on their list.

    But when that restaurant happens to be at Walt Disney World (near Orlando, Florida), it’s something really special.

    We were just thrilled to see that Terralina, the Disney Springs Italian restaurant, is currently pouring our Rosato from Negroamaro by the glass.

    Let’s just say the news left us tickled pink.

    Anyone up for a trip to the Magic Kingdom? It’s a small world after all!

    Image via the Disney Springs website.

  • Thank you, Winebow, thank you, America, for a wonderful experience…

    Paolo Cantele (above) just completed two weeks of market work with Cantele’s new U.S. importer, Winebow. He crisscrossed the U.S., from New York to the Midwest, back to New York and then back to the Midwest again, presenting the winery to its new distributors and partners.

    Over the course of the last two weeks, we’ve meet some wonderful people and experienced the immense potential of our partnership. Salento and Puglia have a fantastic story to tell. It’s been an amazing experience to learn that America wants to hear it!

    Thank you, Winebow! Thank you, America!

  • Pouring wine for a good cause in Cleveland, OH

    “Nothing could be better than when wine and food come together for a good cause,” said Paolo Cantele during a recent benefit evening to raise money for the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland.

    “We are proud to be part of it.”

    From the center’s website:

    “Located on the main campus of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, UH Seidman Cancer Center opened in spring 2011. The 375,000-square-foot hospital houses all of our cancer services under one roof to optimize patient-and family-centered care, provide the latest therapies, enhance collaboration and promote clinical research and education.”

  • Thank you to Il Brutto in Austin for a great wine dinner (and FANTASTIC orecchiette)!

    Paolo Cantele just completed a whirlwind trip through the U.S. working with the estate’s new American importer Winebow.

    He literally crisscrossed the country, visiting more than 12 cities along the way.

    In Texas alone, he hit three cities, including Austin, the state capital, where he hosted a wine dinner at one of the city’s hottest new Italian restaurants, Il Brutto.

    Executive chef Erind Halilaj’s team totally nailed the traditional Pugliese menu they served that night, including the classically prepared housemade orecchiette (above) — one of Puglia’s signature pastas.

    Man, this dish was spot on: From the al dente texture of the hand-rolled pasta to the gentle seasoning of the tomato sauce and the coarse shredding of the fresh ricotta, Paolo noted that this one the most authentic Puglisese dishes he’s ever eaten in America. The pairing with the Cantele Chardonnay was only topped by the Salice Salentino with grilled lamb, another Pugliese standby.

    General manager and wine director Charity Sadoy’s Italian list is so thoughtful and balanced, remarked a wine writer who attended the event, with selections that reflect her deep knowledge of and inspired passion for Italian wine. So many sommeliers go for the funky and the off-beat these days. Charity’s program captures what’s great about Italian wine today — from the traditional to the experimental. And the bar makes a pretty mean Negroni, too!

    Thank you, Il Brutto, for one of the best nights of the trip!

    Il Brutto
    1601 E. 6th St.
    Austin TX 78702
    (512) 580-8779
    Google map

  • Thank you, Evo in Portland (Maine), for a wonderful Pugliese-Calabrese evening!

    Octopus was just one of the spectacular dishes served as part of a southern Italian menu created by Evo Kitchen + Bar this week in Portland, Maine.

    The occasion was a wine dinner featuring the wines of Cantele and Librandi (from Calabria).

    From left below, that’s Paolo Librandi, Paolo Cantele, Gianni Cantele, and Kelly Nelson, Evo’s general manager Kelly Nelson.

    What an amazing night between the flavors of Calabria and Puglia, a wonderful group of food and wine lovers, and the superb staff at Evo where the food (as you can see from the photo above) was as beautiful as it was tasty.

    Thank you, Evo, for such a wonderful night in Portland!

    Top image via the Evo Facebook.

  • 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!