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.
Italian wines can be confusing and Italian wine law can be even more confusing. Yet Italian wine is some of the most popular wine on the American market and because of this, the Italians will change their laws more often than many other wine producing countries in order to accommodate what seems to be popular, […]
Chianti is the historical $1 slice of pizza of Italy. It’s been around since the Italian Renaissance, wild variations in quality exist, and now the hipsters are into it.
Ever had a Super Tuscan? Ever wondered what the hell that means? In short, the term can be attributed to the media and the origin of that term can be attributed to the rebels. And being a Star Wars fan, I love the rebels. Just south of the bustling city of Florence are the Chianti […]