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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Cantina di Montalcino

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

  • Gaetano D'Aquino

    Gaetano D’Aquino is a brand of imported Italian wines based out of California. The label is nam...

  • Piccini

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

  • Castello di Verrazzano

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

  • Castello Il Palagio

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

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Celebration of 300 Years of Chianti, the Oldest Wine Region in the WorldA Sit Down Tasting with a Selection of Artisanal Cheeses.When: Sunday, December 11, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Where: Pierre Loti Union Chelsea, 248 West 15th St (just east of 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10011 (wheelchair accessible)Ticket Price: $49Register here: http://www.wineny.com... Read More

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  • +1 on Ive showing up!  My luck with the St. Cosme brand hasn't been ... ... Or the basic Volpaia Chianti Classico, usually under $20. Casa Ibidini makes a nice Nero d'Avola that can be had for $12-16, pretty widely available. I just bought some Terra d'Oro Barbera for under $10 that I've enjoyed before.  It was seriously on sale, but it's a g... Read More

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  • Cecchi Chianti Classico 2014

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    Dark strawberry and cherry aromas with some smokiness. Tart and astringent palate with high acidity and lots of red fruit, mostly strawberry, raspberry and cherry and a light earthiness on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I'm not sure about the current availability of these, but in the last few ... at Costco -- Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva -- $16.99 at Costco -- Lyeth Sonoma County Meritage -- $9.99 at Trader Joe' Read More

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  • Placido Sangiovese Blend Chianti 2002

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    Good wine great with food. Smooth with a little sour finish. Read More

    Wine review by Tony Colozza


  • Ricasoli Colledila Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013

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    Bought 6 bottles Read More

    Wine review by mgproducts


  • Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio Gran Selezione Barone Ricasoli 96js 2012

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    nice balance of fruits and spices; rich, plummy, powerful Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Brolio 2014

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    very spicy, but underneath has cherry fruits and hints of coffee Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Barone Ricasoli Chianti Barone Ricasoli 2015

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    more spices than fruits, threatens to overpower; heavy Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • I'm having another bottle of the Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva from Costco.  Pretty darned good wine for $17.  We were back at Costco, today, and there is no more left.   :-(     One bottle left in my stash. Read More

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  • We loved the Chianti served at Il Latini restaurant in Florence. We tood a picture of the bottle, but failed to capture the year. On the label is "Il Latini Tuscano Russo". Can anybody identify where to purchase (even if I have to order from the restaurant!) We loved it!

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  • i'm trying to find any information about a very large /tall green glass chianti bottle shaped like a woman carry a bottle on her shoulder

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  • How long does a bottle of Chianti last after you open the bottle

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  • i am looking for a store that sells 2006 baroncini sangiovese di toscana cavaicante

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  • Coltibuono 2006 Chianti Classico: Delicious, perfectly balanced, soft tannins, gobs of taught fruit. Perfect with past or meat. A terrific Chianti! M. Miller

    Comment by 120483millershrink 120483 millershrink


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