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...

  • 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 ...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Prosecco

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

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  • Villa di Geggiano

    AZIENDA AGRARIA BIANCHI BANDINELLI (PRODUCERS OF FINE WINES FROM TUSCANY) The Owner...

  • Castello Il Palagio

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

  • Castello Di Gabbiano

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

  • Fattoria di Grignano

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

  • DaVinci Wine

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

  • Fattoria Della Aiola

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

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  • Greg,I haven't had the Langmeil cab, but the Shiraz was okay.  It was ... (there was also an Antinori Chianti, which I just stuck in my fridge for another time). Thanks, the yard is Terri's efforts alone Read More

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  • I went to Italy at the weekend as one of my nephews decided to get married to ... who served me with some nice Chianti and an unusual red sparkling wine. I have no idea what it was and I could not ask because I only have a few words of Italian and he did not speak English. I did visit the little supermarket round the corner from the hotel and ... Read More

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  • Just about ready to consume and report. Was thrown a little curve, the Mrs. bought some Chianti at Trader Joes (Fior de Vino) for about my usual price range and I was anxious to try that, and did.  The only issue was I tried it before I finished another bottle of Chianti (brown label) as seen in the pictures, so when I got down to the last littl... Read More

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  • DOCG regulations permit up to 25% of indigenous or what they call “non-aromatic” red grapes but a single variety can't be more than 10%. So they use the Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara, as well as Corvinone and things like Oseleta and Croatina, and Merlot and Cab are both allowed. The thinking is that it's not so much the grape as the vinification... Read More

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  • Happens to me also, beside if it's good - who cares. Read More

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  • Spoke to an importer today he indicated that Amarone now requires that only 75% of the wine need be top three. I have no idea if what he says is accurate . I believe corvina must be a minimum of 45%-95% of the blend. Have spent some time trying to decipher what is in Amarone, looked it up on google they indicated that Cabernet and Merlot were ac... Read More

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  •  I guess these are the Châteauneuf de Pape of Veneto :-) Read More

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  • That quite a story.  I went to their site and poked around and found nothing like there.  Don't know what to like about Decanter's research. 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

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