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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  • Prosecco

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Principe Corsini

    Believing in the future, working hard and even risking when the market requires resourcefulness: ...

  • Castello di Verrazzano

    The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area, the first grape gr...

  • Villa di Geggiano

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

  • Cantina di Montalcino

    The principal types of wine produced, solely from Sangiovese grapes, are the Rosso, which is subj...

  • Rignana

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

  • Luciano Bruni

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

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  • Hello folks,  I have some wines I would like to sell privately. I was ... Scopetochianti2000 1 Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhonered blnds2001 1Bernard Magrez Chateau poumeybordeaux1998 1chateau st jeanbordeaux2004 1       Read More

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  • Collezione di Paolo Chianti 2014

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  • Yep, I am putting a wine fridge near my cellar for cooling whites to drinking ... drink less Burgundy and more Chiant Read More

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  • Mr.E - 36 attendees, 4 servers, 3 cooking = 42 total people here in my backyard ... ... Molino di Grace Chianti Classico - I thought this was a steal of the night. There plenty of power and elegance, earthy tones, wood (cedar), cherry, good body with a good finish.  a QPR wine from the word go.5. Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Ea... Read More

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  • Hey guys - I've rather busy as you know.  The NWC Italian Night and we ... we ... Rocca di Montegrosso Chianti Classico2012 Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico2014 Meini Chianti Borghi D'elsa Thought Read More

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  • Frescobaldi Castiglioni Chianti 2011

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  • Some interesting Chianti Classico, at good prices, vouched for by our very own GDP...   Red soils in ChiantiA “New” Chianti Classico: Gregory Dal Piaz on Lecci e Brocchi"Discovering" great wines today is a crapshoot. Simply put, there are not many producers out there who are both little known and fabulous. One must rely on luck and timing, above... Read More

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  • Galioffo Vin Santo del Chianti DOCG 2009

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    Tried this recently while on a walking food tour in Florence, Italy, and dipped cantucci biscotti into the wine. Our tour guide told us this is a popular dessert among locals. Delicious! Read More

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  • Okay, today was day one of North Berkeley Imports' warehouse sale. DMcker ... little Italian red.  No Chianti at all.  (They are also the importers for Collosorbo, but that never makes it into the sale.  Since they are the importer and you are buying at the wholesale price, it's good PR for them and they don't actually lose money.  They probab... Read More

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  • GregT, agree with you completely.  Matthews isn't saying there's ... by exposure and altitude, or Chianti Classico vs. other Chianti zones, because there are differences.  You should be able to tell, if you have the same vintage and winemaking, between subzones of Rioja.  All of those areas are large enough that there are some big differences.... Read More

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