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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Prosecco

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

  • Sangiovese

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

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  • DaVinci Wine

    Wine pervades the culture of Tuscany; it's a birthright. And each bottle of DaVinci wine begins...

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Villa di Geggiano


  • Castello di Verrazzano

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

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

    Perhaps no region of the world personifies the warmth and graciousness of good food and great ...

  • Castello di Poppiano

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

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  • A good read!  However, that was like putting Cipollini against Levi Leipheimer.  The Chianti had taken something extra.  Oh wait, so did Levi.  I have a sangiovese from SilverBack vineyards in Walla Walla.  Read More

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  • The Ruffino virtual tasting was perfectly timed to synch up with two great ... ... the Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico.Check out the matchup details here to see which one of these wines wins the pri Read More

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  • We are drinking up the last of our bottles tonight - finishing with ... of ... of the Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico with my father-in-law last night and he enjoyed it quite a bit.  All gone now. Read More

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  • Emark, you need some mango salsa to go on top of that Mahi-mahi. After ... ... off three bottles of Chianti over the course of two days (yes, had some of the leftovers last night), I'll probably dry out tonight.  But we will see.&nbs Read More

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  • San Guisto a Rentennano Chianti Classico 2012


    Open and demonstrative, the nose shows spiced dried red cherry, dried violets, a subtle savory undercurrent, mineral Earth, and a little cocoa powder. The palate is layered with aromatic dried cherrythat is fresh and subtly sweet, pretty Asian spice, anise, a solid dark cherry core, charred rare beef on the mid-palate, a nice tart bite, and a bi... Read More

    Wine review by bobbbc

  • Green with envy here, unfortunately I had other wine related obligations last ... label) have been my go to chianti's ever since my wine rep neighbor moved in 18 years ago and kept us well stocked.  Haven't had any in a while and would have liked to see if things have changed much. I might have to go and grab a few bottles, my Italian red sele... Read More

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  • I'm back on-line.  I've been having internet performance problems, ... ... entry from a low-dollar Chianti?"  Maybe it was the power of suggestion, but I had to agree that this Chianti was much less angular the most of my previous experiences.  The Riserva was very good.  The interesting characteristic that I found was spice--cinnamon.  Most o... Read More

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  • Many of us will still be drinking Chianti, tonight. Read More

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  • Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 2011


    GRAPE VARIETIES80 % Sangiovese15 % Merlot5 % Cabernet sauvignonDEGREE OF ALCOHOL 14 % Read More

    Wine review by Baffetto de Roma

  • Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 2011


    Grapes80% Sangiovese 15% Merlot 5% Cabernet Sauvignon francDegree of Alcohol ... the production of the Brolio Chianti Classico. A traditional reserve, to the distinctive character of Chianti.Tasting notes:Intense ruby red color. Taste notes of vanilla, chocolate, violets and cherries. With warm notes of spices and red fruit in the mouth. Good ... Read More

    Wine review by Baffetto de Roma

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