Chianti on the Table


A bottle of Chianti was once the go-to wine in restaurants, and for dinner parties. Reds from New World countries have since become the norm, but if you’re interested in taking a step back in time here are two Chiantis worth exploring.

RuffinoStarting with an everyday edition, Ruffino’s wine is super refreshing with some substance and character. Light to medium–bodied with a feeling that’s solid, if not exciting. The guy your mother hoped you marry! Perfect food partner for all the Italian tomato sauced dishes. Or roasted/grilled white meats. Times at the table where wine is in the background. A good performer is always worth the money.

Moving up to the $20 league, Castello d’Albola offers a fuller experience with more variety and action in the flavor department. For times when the pace allows time to savour. There’s woodsy, fall day, warmhearted feelings that may suggest, or remind you of Tuscany. Exciting vitality and realness. The better your imagination the better the experience will be for you. This style of Chianti was one of my first seductions in wine. Check it out with a roast of pork or chicken. Sure it’s a tad expensive – but think of the trip.

RUFFINO 12 Chianti, Tuscany, Italy 1743 $14.95

CASTELLO D’ALBOLA 08 Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy 315150 Vintages $22.95

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