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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  • Castello di Poppiano

    I am a Tuscan wine and olive oil producer and, like other Tuscan producers who go back many gene...

  • Cantina di Montalcino

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

  • Fattoria di Grignano

    In the countryside east of Florence, where the Sieve flows into the Arno, the land of Rùfina stre...

  • Machiavelli

    Country: Italy Wine region: Tuscany Address: Loc. Sant'andrea In Percussina , San Casciano In Va...

  • Podere Il Pozzo

    The farm is made up of about 50 hectares of woodlands, vineyards and olives. Ten of these hecta...

  • 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 was going to recommend Chianti or Montalcino--friends went there recently and didn't have too much trouble getting into wineries to taste, Montalcino has tasting rooms right downtown.  My other recommendations was going to be flying to somewhere close to Avignon and going to Chateauneuf du Pape.  David Sharp at WineMine recently was there and ... Read More

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  • The above suggestions are solid, but I'll also add that if you can find ... you'll be quite close to Chianti, which seems to meet all of Greg's guideline Read More

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  • Lucha, we're looking forward to the outcome.Going back a way to JD's ... big name in the upper end of Chianti Classicos.  I just roped in a handful of bottles at JJBuckley's Fall clearance; it's above my daily drinker range but very reasonable for a wine that could lie down for a while.  It's not up there with Fontodi's prestige bottles, or a ... Read More

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  • " but the idea of some pan-Italian red sauce restaurant wouldn't ... ... places with the bottle of Chianti are perfect examples of pan-Italian. Tomato-based dishes come from the south and if there were a "natural" pairing, it would be with wines from the south of Italy, not from Tuscany. But the producers in Chianti so dominated the export mar... Read More

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  • "The red-checked tablecloth places with the bottle of Chianti are perfect examples of pan-Italian."My favorite Italian place in Tokyo (hope my Tuscan chef/owner-friend Mario who runs another restaurant I often frequent doesn't read this) has red-checked tablecloths and is literally named 'Chianti'.  ;-)    Was an in-spot for celebs back in the '... Read More

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  • Greg, great post from earlier this month, which I somehow missed until now. You ... from oldskool salad-dressing Chianti, of course....Lindemen, nice imagery regarding Santa's wine-delivery finesse. Wines don't have to be that old, unfortunately, to be eligible for the vinegar cask, or direct use as salad dressing. Open a cheap bottle, perhaps ... Read More

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  • Quite the hodpodge tonight. Took over some Quivet Syrah to a new friend's ... made it all the better.The Chianti Classico, no surprise, was the best foil for the italian food, which was a good mushroom/pepperoni pizza, with some angel hair - tomato sauced pasta w/ shrimp, calamari, and fish. Anyway, this was a nice even CC with a little flair ... Read More

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  • Nicely done!  BTW, Emark isn't the only one with a few wines on hand ... carry at least one Ruffino Chianti--Ruffino is one of the oldest and biggest producers--and all the Ruffinos are competent and representative.  They carry a line of Italian wines called Epicuro that are absurdly inexpensive and decently made.  It's a "supermarket" wine in... Read More

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  • Here's a mixed 6 pack that you could have delivered to your door, tax and ...-chianti/p/410750?s=1114&igrules=true http://www.totalwine.com/red-wine/rhone-blend/chapoutier-belleruche-cotes-du-rhone-rouge/p/96531750?s=1108&igrules=true  Read More

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  • Hopefully you were just having a moment there Red, as we'd obviously like ... range. Rioja from Spain and Chianti Classico form Italy are two examples of really good and solid red wine you can find in that price range. I've even had some really nice White Rioja by CVNE for about $ Read More

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