brings a vision of straw bottles of not very good wine and red
checkered table cloths to mind...it's time to sample some of the
better Chianti wines being produced.
a wine producing region in Italy world famous for its dry, red wines. Chianti is located in the center of Tuscany wine making area with Florence on the northern end, and and Siena marking the southern boundary.
The region is divided into smaller areas with the Chianti Classico
area being the center and the most prestigious wine.
Chianti can range from light to full-bodied with differing tastes and textures found in other Chianti
sub-regions including Chianti Rufina, Chianti Colli Fiorentini, Chianti
Colli Sensesi, and Chianti Colli Aretini.
The main grape used
in Chianti is the Sangiovese, but it may be blended with
other grapes, including Trebbiano.
Full-bodied Chianti is a wine to enjoy
with food, especially with main specialties of the region -- including pasta with red sauces, beef dishes and regional cheeses. Lighter styles usually pair better with pork, chicken, and even fish courses.
With a nod to "Silence of the Lambs", a nice Chianti will even pair well with fava beans and other Tuscan white bean dishes....
More information about Chianti wines and vineyards around the Web:
Chianti Classico - Go on a virtual tour of the history, the
making and distribution of the premier Chianti including photo
galleries, an illustrated survey of Chianti territory, a searchable
database of related restaurants and regional wineries offering
tours and tastings.
Reconsidered - Check out a good overview of how Chianti's growing
reputation has overcome its past, followed by tasting notes and
descriptions of top sellers along with suggestions on food pairing
and links to specific recipes.
Chianti Wine Information - Here's fun a guide to Chianti's traditional basket covering and the wine's place in pop culture, with related photos and resources to more information.
- Archived feature from SamCooks.com with a description of the
region, its subzones, restrictions on its production, notes on
food pairing, and comparisons among Chianti Ruffino, Classico
and Classico Riserva.