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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Varietals Produced in Chianti View all

  • 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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  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

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

  • Castello di Verrazzano

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

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Castello Il Palagio

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

  • Luciano Bruni

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2009

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • I like to drink a wide variety of wines, despite being prone to migraines. As ... avoid TWH, except if I drink Chianti, even good Chiantis. Then I get a headache within 2 hours. Chianti is a great source of tyramine, which is known to trigger migraines and headaches in some. Tyramine is also found in fruits, aged cheese, avocados and soy sauce... Read More

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  • Cool, I'm looking forward to getting my bottles.  Christy is the host, ... wine, I used to buy Ruffino Chianti because it was widely available and reliable.  My take is that they are one of those outfits like Mondavi (pre-Constellation sale) that manage to be big and to maintain high quality.  My go-tos have been Monsanto and Molino di Grace ov... Read More

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  • Here's what will be poured:Ruffino DOCG Chianti 2013Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico 2012Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2011Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010 Read More

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  • Unfortunately, the place with the best wine selection in Vegas is Total Wine ... ... with lots of Barbera, Chianti, Nero d'Avola and so one available at less than $15.  (Case Ibidini has a nice Nero for about $12 which I ought to reload Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 2012

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    Wine review by ellaizee


  • I was in Total Wine yesterday, looking for that Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva which they did not have.  I should have gone looking for a few Montoya Cabernet Sauvignon's to do my own research.  Alas, the wine card balance is rather high already so I only bought a bottle of another Chianti Classico which turned out to be pretty decent. Read More

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  • I bought the Enkidu based on your rec, Emark.Awww, shucks. I suppose I ...  Compared to this, the Chianti Classico, that DM nailed as being built for American tastes, is pretty darned good.The research continues. And before I give up the floor, welcome MontalcinoBoy, to the Forum.  More input regarding old world wines will be greatly appreciate Read More

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  • "OK, it's not a Gran Selezione, but it is, at least, from the right ... have also been trying a few Chianti Classico's over the past few weeks.  Nothing has blown me away yet, but then again, we haven't spent too much either.  They generally are quite tasty wine Read More

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  • Sounds like it may be something marketed for the 'American ... have also been trying a few Chianti Classico's over the past few weeks.  Nothing has blown me away yet, but then again, we haven't spent too much either. Al, keep your eye out for Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva. It is a favorite on this and other boards, and can be found for abou... Read More

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