The Incredible Chianti Wine

When it comes to wine, the measure of taste is usually subtle. You sort of like that wine, but kind of do not like that other wine. Chianti wine is another beast entirely. It is definitely a take it or leave it wine for many people.

Chianti wine sounds like it was named after something truly exotic. Well, sort of. The name comes from the Chianti region of Tuscany in Italy where the wine is primarily produced. Even if you have no idea of what Chianti is, you have seen the bottles. The traditional bottles were glass held up by a wicker basket. You see them used as decorations in pizza parlors all the time. Yes, that is Chianti.

In truth, what you see in the pizza parlors and Italian restaurants is a caricature of the Chianti wine. It is similar to suggesting wine in a box is top notch stuff. A true Chianti is an absolutely amazing wine. It is notable for as a very dry wine with a very strong taste. It goes very well with foods with strong tastes. Eat it with a more subtle food and the wine will overwhelm the taste.

The wine itself is derived from a variety of wines. The two primary red grapes are Sangiovese and Canaiolo. The whites are Trebbiano and Malvasia. Each is used in different blends and in different geographic areas.

There are seven noted Chianti wine producing regions and Chianti designations in Tuscany. They are Chianti Classico, Chianti Montalbano, Chianti Colli Fiorentini (Florentine hills), Chianti Rufini, Colli Senesi (Siena hills), Colline Pisane (Pisan hills) and Colli Aretini (Arezzo hills). Chianti Classico is by far the most common version of Chianti available on the open market.

Chianti is noted for its striking dryness and taste, but it is striking for another reason as well. Wine drinkers rarely sit on the fence when it comes to this Tuscany specialty. They tend to be repulsed by it or fall in love with it. Personally, I love Chianti and prefer it to any other wine. I am definitely in the minority, but there are other "Chianti heads" who feel the same way. In many cities, you can seek out chat groups on the subject and find fellow Chianti lovers to imbibe with in your area.

Is Chianti for you? If you prefer a dry wine with a strong, bold flavor, it just might be. Of course, the only way to know is to sit down and do a tasting.

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