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The Pride of Tuscany: Chianti

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Chianti: The Pride of Tuscany

Chianti is as essential to Italian cuisine as extra virgin olive oil. There are few pleasures as distinct as a tart, spicy, herbaceous Chianti next to a plate of sliced prosciutto or pasta al pomodoro.

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Guide to Sangiovese

It might surprise you to know that Sangiovese is actually quite scarce outside of Italy. In terms of world plantings, Sangiovese is less abundant than even little-known Mourvedre.

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Wine Quiz

If you wanted to find one of the best wines from Tuscany made from Sangiovese, what would you look for on the label?

  1. Amarone
  2. Chianti Classico Gran Selezione
  3. Chianti
  4. Sangiovese Superiore

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Drink Italy! All About Chianti Wine

Get confident in Chianti wine and learn how to find the best bottles.

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The Unofficial Star of Italy: Super Tuscans

The term Super Tuscan was coined in the early 1980s to describe a red blend from Tuscany. What makes “Super Tuscan” wine different from other Tuscan wines (like Chianti or Brunello di Montalcino) is the use of wine grapes that are not indigenous to Italy, like Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Wine Quiz Answer

Answer: #2

Chianti Classico produces some of the finest Chianti wines as it’s located in the hills of Tuscany. The hills provide cooler nights, which helps preserves acidity and delicate yet complex aromas.

The best wines from Chianti Classico, once aged for at least 2.5 years, can be called Gran Selezione, and are perfect for aging.

If you found this tricky, be sure to check out our Italian Wine Course to learn more!

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