While wine has long been recognized for its health benefits, many
individuals have avoided the beverage due to winemakers use of sulfites
as a preserving additive. Sulfites protect wine from oxidization and
spoilage allowing wine to age and grow in complexity. Sulfites do
however cause serious allergy problems for some people and in our ever
growing health conscious society, many are weary preservatives added to
anything that they consume...
Enter Cantina Bostonia. Founded in 2004 by winemaker Rudolfo Canale,
Cantina Bostonia is one of the few wineries anywhere that produces its
wine without adding sulfites. Canale had worked at his craft for years
before opening his winery as the high degree of difficulty in producing
quality wine without adding sulfites makes it a unwieldy challenge.
Judging by the success of Cantina Bostonia today, Canale has done very
well to achieve a healthy and high quality wine that is also
We visited Cantina Bostonia at its home in Jamaica Plain and spoke at
length with Canale about his background (an Italian winemaker who
shunned wine for 15 years?), how he purchases and selects his grapes,
and of course his wine itself which we sampled in various stages from
barrel to glass.
And if you feel inclined before or after viewing our segment (http://frenchoaktv.com/index.php?page=segment&segment_id=67) head down
to Cantina Bostonia (30A Germania Street, Jamaica Plain, MA) where you
can buy a bottle of wine directly from Canale, a wonderful man who
considers his customers as friends. Cheers!