If you’re new to my blog a brief review of one of my favorite wine regions. Tuscany is a city in central Italy and is known for producing some of Italy’s most popular wines like Chianti, Montepulciano, and Brunello . Chianti is a wine producing region (appliation) in Tuscany.
Chianti wines consists of the Sangiovese as it’s principle grape. Chianti wines are sometimes blended with Canaiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon for example to give the wine further complexity. Characteristics of Sangiovese pronounced san-joh-VAY-zeh include black cherry, plum, blackberry and redcurrant together with herbs, truffles, licorice and spices. Anyway, with that out of the way here’s the wine:
Name: Chianti Classico
Region: Tuscany (Chianti Classico)
Where Purchased: Zap Wine and Spirits (Brooklyn, NY)
Review: Cecchi’s Chianti Classico follows typical characteristcs of a Sangiovese Chianti with it’s ruby red hue, medium-body, tannic, noticeable red fruit and spice. Chianti is typically enjoyed better with food than as an aperitif, but if you are a fan of dry red wine feel free to drink alone, or with some lightly toasted buttered focaccia slathered in eggplant spread and topped Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese with like I did.
Other foods that pair well with this wine is pizza, pasta in a red sauce, beef stew or steak. Gouda, Gruyére, and Toma cheeses work well too. Leave a comment and let me know what you thought about this wine.