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...

  • Sangiovese

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

Popular Wineries in Chianti View all

  • 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...

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • Castello di Verrazzano

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

  • Luciano Bruni

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

  • Principe Corsini

    Believing in the future, working hard and even risking when the market requires resourcefulness: ...

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Chianti on Snooth

  • Hello fellow wine enthusiasts, I got a bottle from a friend, at auction ($). I want to surprise her with a great meal to go along with it on her birthday; she doesn't care for red wine, except Concord Grape or Blackberry Manischewitz wine. Any suggestions; want to serve 3 courses and champagne, so I want another bottle of wine to serve as well. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Castello di Gabbiano 2006...


  • Basilica Cafaggio Chianti Classico 2010

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    Decent. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Solaia Antinori Premier 2003

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    Di colore rosso rubino, al naso di grandissimo impatto con note fragranti di frutta rossa e spezie. Un vino di grande persistenza , dai tannini soffici ed elaborati. Un vino di grande struttura equilibrio. Un vino dal sapore e dall'aroma minerali, un vino aristocratico, semplicemente superlativo. Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


  • I have 2012's Chianti Classico available that destroy this Fabled wine, at 38.  (25 cork?)*Soon it will be OK to bring BGCT2012, she is coming off our list, at least if I have a say.Be patient. (pause)---- as if I am talking to someone who didn't just buy BG at a Box Store 10mins ago.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic #1 Wine Dining faux pas nominee


  • Penny Stamp Chianti 2012

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    Good wine for the price. Excellent with food. Flavorfull, good table wine. Read More

    Wine review by vanir


  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 1995

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    No written review

    Wine review by CH2


  • Unsustainable to drink $30 bottles when we go through one a night.  ... and Grace Chianti at $15-18, AM Abbona dolcetto at $18, CVNE crianza at <$12?  Why not drink those Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Czarina, when I started drinking zin back in the '70s, it only had 12~12.5% ... to winery owners. Even your Chianti Classicos that used to struggle to make 12% are now pushing 14%.Keep trying zin, with an eye out towards lower alcohol content. Certain makers don't let it get that high, while others are skilled enough to balance alcohol with oth... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report


  • Al - Thanks for the beautiful charcuterie pic.  My last job was in a high ... ... :-(  Regarding Chianti CR, give the Monsanto a try if the mood strikes you.  Under $20 and wonderfully delis Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report


  • So, I finally re-introduced myself to Zinfandel.  I bought a half bottle ... Beaujolais and a couple of Chianti Classico Riservas like Monsant Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report


  • 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

    Comment by 461316koojodog 461316 koojodog


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

    Comment by 432139shaver 432139 shaver


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

    Comment by 363316jerzygirl 363316 jerzygirl


  • 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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