Sangiovese

The Essential Chilean Wine Country Guide

The Essential Chilean Wine Country Guide

If you venture just outside of city limits in Santiago, Chile’s bustling capital, the scenery quickly shifts from urban to agrarian. Rolling valleys extend in all directions, lined with neat rows of curled grape vines. This is Chilean wine country, a long and skinny stretch of countryside that spans more than 2,600 miles from top […]

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Where Do Restaurant Insiders Turn for Inspiration? Italian Wines. Here’s Why.

Where Do Restaurant Insiders Turn for Inspiration? Italian Wines. Here’s Why.

Italy, the birthplace of pizza, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance, is exalted for its numerous cultural and historical achievements. Its winemaking heritage spans centuries of traditions, beginning with the Etruscans and Romans, and continuing to this day. Whether it’s a crisp Bianco (white) or a rich Rosso (red), wine is as much a part […]

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The Definitive Guide to Pairing Chianti Classico With Popular Mexican Food: INFOGRAPHIC

The Definitive Guide to Pairing Chianti Classico With Popular Mexican Food: INFOGRAPHIC

Italian wine with Mexican food? Si! With several cultural similarities (including the love of food and family) and a common Latin origin to the languages, why not bring a little la bella vita to your next fiesta? The perfectly pairable Chianti Classico, with bright acidity and variety of flavor profiles from the Sangiovese grape, can […]

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The Differences Between Chianti, Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

The Differences Between Chianti, Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva and Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

If you’re like any other daydreamer, you’ve imagined yourself sitting among the rolling hills of Tuscany, in Italy, sipping a glass of wine. The villa rests behind you, and ahead of you is a great expanse of vineyards and sunflowers. Yes, it’s all ”Under the Tuscan Sun” meets ”Master of None.” The vision is often […]

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The Complete Guide to the Three Great Reds of Italy: INFOGRAPHIC

The Complete Guide to the Three Great Reds of Italy: INFOGRAPHIC

Italy has more than 1,300 estimated grape varieties, but three red grapes are more noble than all others: Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, and Aglianico, as they are generally believed to be the three best native red grapes in the entire country. Now, you may know these by their appellation names, such as Barolo for Nebbiolo or Chianti […]

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Looking to Collect and Age Wine? Start With Italy

Looking to Collect and Age Wine? Start With Italy

Collecting wine can involve complex bidding wars on rare entities with nebulous certificates of authenticity (yeesh). Or it can be as simple as carefully choosing bottles and storing them properly. If you want to dip your toes into the collection pool, start with Italian wine. Sure, there are over 20 regions, and each region is […]

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Review: Tenuta di Arceno ‘Strada al Sasso’ Chianti Classico Riserva 2008

Review: Tenuta di Arceno ‘Strada al Sasso’ Chianti Classico Riserva 2008

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 […]

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