Paolo Cantele takes Austin by storm

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Above: Our friend Paolo Cantele bears a striking resemblance to actor Gary Oldman. Coincidence? Or NOT?

Our good friend and one of our favorite Italian wine dudes, Paolo Cantele of the Cantele Winery (Puglia, Italy), has been visiting Texas over the last few days, showing his wines and visiting accounts. That’s him above, in a pensive moment, at Vino Vino in Austin, where the Cantele Rosato, made from 100% Negroamaro grapes, will be featured at the upcoming Pink Fest (Saturday, May 30).

Paolo’s wines are characterized by their freshness and bright acidity, which he attributes to the fact that Salento where his family makes its wines is located at the very tip of the heel of the boot, at the top of the Mediterranean Basin, where cool evenings and ideal ventilation make for excellent growing and ripening conditions.

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Above: Paolo’s wines are not currently supported by Ginny’s Little Longhorn honky tonk in Austin, TX, but he did enjoy a lively round of Chicken Sh*t Bingo there the other night when he arrived from Lecce, Italy.

Ginny’s Little Longhorn
5434 Burnet Rd
Austin TX 78756
512-458-1813

Not wanting him to miss out on the local character and color of our beloved hometown and home base, Austin, TX (Music Capital USA), we took him to play Chicken Sh*t Bingo at our favorite honky tonk, Ginny’s Little Longhorn, on Burnet Road. Yes, chicken sh*t bingo: you bet on a number and the everyone waits for the chicken to… well… YOU KNOW!

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Above: That’s Ginny, the venue’s namesake, owner, and beloved Austin personage.

Ginny’s is one of our favorite spots for music and Sunday afternoons, one of Austin’s top country acts, Dale Watson, usually appears and announces the winning numbers.

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Above: The money shot — literally! John Waters would be proud, don’t you think?

6 responses to “Paolo Cantele takes Austin by storm

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  2. John Waters would be proud, don’t you think?

    That may depend on whether the winner also gets to eat the spoils….

  3. XPaolo,
    ti dirò in questa foto è risultata più fotogenica la gallina.
    Ciao filena

  4. Ciao Filena! Grazie per la visita! Ma non devi essere così severa con il povero Paolo!😉

    David, if you ever make it out to Austin, you KNOW that Ginny’s will be on our list of places to take you! Thanks for stopping by…

  5. …cugino!!!! ti piace la pizza?

  6. Pingback: An Apulian winemaker and a chicken cross a road… | crawfish boil

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