I don’t know about you, but I have a thing about Italian food and wine. More so than with other countries and their wines, I just have to have Italian reds when I cook Italian-inspired dishes.
My first and only trip to Chianti was a disaster. Mechanical issues, delayed flights, and endless rebooking lines delayed the arrival of an already short trip by almost a full day, landing me in a gray, rainy Florence shortly before sunset. I lamented the sights (and glasses of wine) that I was missing through the […]
Everyone has that one bottle of wine that has been sitting in the back of the wine fridge for far longer than initially intended. It’s not that it’s being saved for any occasion in particular — it just never seems quite right for the moment. That’s what happened with a bottle of Tenuta di Arceno […]
Chianti has been one of the most ubiquitous wines since even before Hannibal Lecter suggested it as a pairing with liver and fava beans. The wine, hailing from the region of the same name, is known for drinkability, cost-effectiveness, and a flavor profile consisting of red cherry fruit, herbal notes, and a touch of earth.
Perhaps the most confusing part of looking at an Italian wine label — or any European wine label, for that matter — is the appellation system. Is DOC different from DOCG? Why do some bottles say DOC and some say DOP? What do they even stand for, anyway?
One of the two key grapes in Italy — Nebbiolo being the other one — Sangiovese is often the sole or majority component of Tuscany’s most famed wines, such as Chianti, Brunello and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and is, in fact, the most-planted red grape in all of Italy. Known for being layered, savory, and ageable, […]
Kosher wine has been gaining popularity among mainstream consumers recently, but the laws are detailed, and often complicated. Contrary to popular belief, kosher wine is not blessed by a rabbi; instead, once the grapes are pressed, only Sabbath-observant Jews can touch the wine. If a non-Jew or even a non-Orthodox Jew touches the wine, the entire vat […]
Great Italian wine doesn’t always need to be served with Italian food, but sometimes the food and wine go so well together you can’t imagine consuming anything else. Such is the case when it comes to pairing pizza or pasta with red sauce and Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano. The region of Montepulciano, which is in […]
Baseball has mascots, most of which make sense, some of which…well, don’t, and plenty of which that just straight-up terrify. Wine, generally, does not have mascots. Unless you count Kathie Lee and Hoda. But there is one wine that’s had a true mascot for many, many years: Chianti Classico and its famous black rooster.