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:
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.

3 comments:

Gonzalo Del Rio Villasenor said...

check out the many selections of Chianti on Primewines.com ;-)

Chris said...

Oh Elaine, you and cheap wine don't go well together, you know that, even though it was years ago. ;-)

But I do agree with you on the pleasantries of Chianti.

Elaine said...

Haha, well I've raised the bar a little bit. No longer going for the 4.99 bottles, I've now moved up to eight dollars.