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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  • Luciano Bruni

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

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

  • Machiavelli

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

  • DaVinci Wine

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

  • Cantina di Montalcino

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

  • Piccini

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Aziano 2013


    Notes of bright cherry with layers of chocolate, spice, and leather. Very nice for the price (under 15$). Drink with a chicken parm or a vegetable tomato stew. Read More

    Wine review by Cassandra Rosen

  • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2011


    Dark translucent purple in the glass. Spicy, woody nose. Smooth, but assertive entry to the palate. Not a lot of fruit, this is a real wine, not a cherry syrup flavored drink. Hint of, get this, cinnamon. Fairly light acids, No tannin bite at all on the back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Ruffino DOCG Chianti 2013


    A fairly good entry level Sangiovese blend Chianti. Bring it to your next pizza night with friends.Bright cherry, fruit forward, low tannins, with a bit of leather and spice on the end. Read More

    Wine review by Cassandra Rosen

  • Ruffino DOCG Chianti 2013


    Bright red color. Nice fruit on the nose. Very easy entrysurprises me for Chianti. Tart cherry flavor emerges. It takes a while for acid to hit, but it is there. Medium bodied and light on tannin. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I'm going to drink this, just because it's my favourite red wine from Chianti. I'm a native of Florence in Tuscany!!!! :-) Read More

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  • Which brings up the old line about Cali Syrah, "What's the difference ... exist out here:  One Chianti (hey, it's Ruffino!), one S. Rhone, maybe two (a Perrin or Delas Freres CdR, Clos L'Oratoire CdP for the fancy pants out there), and a few generic Bourgognes, usually Jadot.  But you can get fifty or a hundred kinds of Cabernet, and quite a b... Read More

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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2009


    No written review

    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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