Chianti Wine

 

Chianti is perhaps Italy’s most popular wine, and in recent years has come to evoke images of basket-bottomed “fiasco” bottles, red and white checkered table cloths and Hannibal Lecter smacking his lips after reminiscing about sipping it paired with fava beans and a census taker’s liver. The origins of the name are nebulous. Some say its a derivation of “Clango,” “Clangor” or “Clanti” which can all refer to the call of a trumpet or horn, or the cry of a bird, hearkening back to the classical days of hunting expeditions. Others say it’s named for an Etruscan noble family, Clante. But by any name, there is evidence of its early stages as far back as the 14th century.
 
The Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III de Medici, is credited with creating demarcated subzones in Chianti in 1716. In 1932, these were further subdivided into what now stands as its official zones: Classico (the “heart” of the region and considered Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Castello Il Palagio

    The very fest mention of the castle Il Palagio dates back to 1252, though it is thought to be muc...

  • Piccini

    Our story begins in 1882 with Angiolo Piccini, from a small family enterprise of only 7ha. Guided...

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

    The Aiola castle has been known since the Middle-Ages being one of the most important Sienese str...

  • Luciano Bruni

    The Siena area lies on sweet, sunny hills, caressed by light winds, sprinkled by moderate, season...

  • Villa di Geggiano

    AZIENDA AGRARIA BIANCHI BANDINELLI (PRODUCERS OF FINE WINES FROM TUSCANY) The Owner...

  • Rignana

    Surrounded by 120 hectares of vineyards, woodland and olive-groves, the Fattoria di Rignana is si...

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Chianti on Snooth

  • I have been informed by my sweetie that she had a Chianti Classico.  I never saw that on the wine menu for glasses of wine, as I was more focused on the bottles.  So it was Italian, not French.Right now we are enjoying a small glass of a Pinot Noir Grappa.  The weather out here is getting worse, almost blizzard conditions.  It will be below zero... Read More

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  • No, RBA I didn't buy a bunch of these.  My shotgun approach to wine ... bought a couple different Chianti Classicos (one of which was almost $15) and a Kirkland Old Vines Zin.  I have never been disappointed with anything packaged under the Kirkland label--wine, chocolate chips, foil wrappers, AA batteries.  Actually, last night I finished off... Read More

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  • In Al's honor I'll also post the back label which gives more info on ... got a 1/2 priced bottle of Chianti Classico wine at Pane Vino tonight when picking up a pizza to take over to Sandra's parents.  Wine is always better when it's half-priced you know.The Lewis Cellars blend sounds very tasty.. Read More

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  • I'd recommend against any food that is likely to ruin your keyboard.  ... ... But really good Chianti (which can be Riserva level, under $20 and ages very well in many cases) is not just for red-sauces.  As it mellows with age, I can imagine it with beef, game birds, some chicken dishes,  as well as hearty vegetarian fare.  I bet others on he... Read More

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  • Yep, OT has the details right.  Bob is an expert on Sangio-based wines, so ... ... in this new category for Chianti--not that there was anything wrong with Chianti already, at least when you pay a little attention to producers and regions.&nbs Read More

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  • "For example, I would never mix white and red wines as that can't ... ... ... and Howell, or four Chianti/Sangiovese wines each from say, Classico, Ruffino, and Carmignano, or like the tasting I did last week of Ribera del Duero vs Napa."Seeing that this was a Beginner/Introduction to blind tasting I'm nit making judgements about the mix. You... Read More

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  • Al - blind tasting is a great way to learn. However, it's better if you ... you ... and Howell, or four Chianti/Sangiovese wines each from say, Classico, Ruffino, and Carmignano, or like the tasting I did last week of Ribera del Duero vs Napa.One of the reasons I don't think many people who talk about Burgundy are particularly astute is when ... Read More

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  • Granchiaia Vin Santo del Chianti 2001

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    Had a glass of this after dinner at Trombino's. Just superb and like nothing I had before, though almost like an intensely concentrated cream sherry, viscous, with toffee, caramel, golden raisin nectar...A drink of the gods. Read More

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  • Sandra and I were fortunate yesterday to attend a quickly sold out (57 minutes ... ... Pinot Noir, an Italian Chianti Classico and a French Syrah. It is interesting to note that not one of the wines in the blind tasting were from RdV, nor were there any Virginian wines.  Most of the wines were old world (German, French, Italian) with one bein... Read More

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  • "I have to admit I am really intrigued by this concept. I have never heard ... ... 5:30PM PSTGran Selezione Chianti Email claudia at snooth dot com and ask what wines will be featured and who the distributor to contact i Read More

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