It is produced in Tuscany, in strictly delimited areas among the provinces of Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Grosseto. It is based mainly on Sangiovese grapes but also includes other varieties. Chianti is a DOC, but corresponds to a much larger area than the region originally known as Chianti. Wine from this smaller region is labeled Chianti Classico and is a DOCG. It typically has a picture of a black rooster (known in Italian as a gallo nero) on the neck of the bottle. Chianti Classico that meets slightly more stringent requirements, primarily with respect to aging, may be labelled Chianti Classico Riserva.I got myself a bottle of Placido, and for a cheap wine, it is quite good. Plus, there's a great graphic of an Italian renaissance man on the bottle.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
In Vino, Veritas
I've been drinking a glass of wine with dinner frequently because it's supposed to be good for you, and frankly, I enjoy pairing my amateur cooking with some low-priced wine. After going through some Merlots and Pinot Noirs this year, I've settled on a new favorite: Chianti. Here's some information on it: