Under the Tuscan Sun: the Ever Changing History of Chianti - All stores
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Event Date Thursday, January 4, 6 - 7:30 pm
Event Type Wine Tasting Seminar
The rolling hills between Florence and Siena offer the world one of its most ancient wines – Chianti. About 700 years ago Chianti was one of the first demarked wine regions worldwide, with a distinct and historically recorded grape variety, Sangiovese. As such, Chianti is both ancient and utterly profound.
Unfortunately, it has also historically been one of the most debased wines in the world, with mass production climbing to such heights that its traditional bottle (the straw-wrapped one you stuck a candle in in college) came to be called “fiasco”, in reference to how far, and poorly, wine production had come.
But Chianti is so much more than that. Besides having excellent wines in its own right (modern and traditional), Chianti is historically, culturally, and oenologically connected to many of Tuscany’s other wine-growing regions: Bolgheri, Montalcino, Montepulciano and the Maremma.
And at this tasting, we aim to explore them all. Flight one starts us off with exploring the history and meaning of Chianti, Chianti Classico, and its nine sub regions. Flight two takes us into the rise of Super Tuscans and explores the wines of Brunello and Vino Nobile. Flight three brings us to Sangiovese resurgent, with a look at the modern (and supposedly best) wines of Chianti Classico to today. Join us as we explore one of our favorite tastings, the bounties of Central Italy.
Wines to be tasted (this is a sample list from previous years. New wines TBA.
2020 La Spinetta Toscana Vermentino $21.99
2018 Toscolo Chianti $14.99
2016 Podere Il Palazzino Chianti Classico Argenina $21.99
2018 Aia Vecchia Lagone $18.99
2016 Tenuta Meraviglia Bolgheri Superiore Maestro di Cava $89.99
2015 Casiglion del Bosco Brunello $79.99
2018 Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano $31.99
2018 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico AMA (Gaiole) $31.99
2018 Castello di Rampolla Chianti Classico (Panzano) $39.99
2015 Dievole Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna Sessina (Castellina) $69.99