Fontodi Chianti Classico - $34.99
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Fermentation and maceration in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of 28-30 for 16-18 days with several treading each day.
Curried Beef, Grilled Flank Steak, Grilled Beef, Barbeque Pulled-Pork or Ribs, Curried Pork, Curried Lamb, Lamb Stew, Rabbit, Salami or Sausage, Sausage
Pasta & Grains
Lasagna, Pasta with Creamy Mushroom Sauces, Risotto, Mushroom Risotto
Poultry & Eggs
Duck, Game Birds
Beans, White, Eggplant, Mushrooms, Mushroom Risotto, Peppers, Spinach Ricotta
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Tomato Bread Soup, Vegetable Gratin or Stew
Red Wine Sauce, Stock Reductions
Makes nearly as much wine as France, but lags behind in their classification system. As a result, Italian wine isn’t taken as seriously as French wine. Most Italian wine is made from native grape varieties that don’t grow well elsewhere, such as Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. The most important regions are Piedmont, where Barolo and Barbaresco dominate, Tuscany, home to Chianti, Montepulciano, and the Super-Tuscans (a collection of relatively new reds), and the Northeastern region, where you’ll find Soave, Valpolicella, and Bardolino. Italy’s soils and climates are varied and ideally suited for viticulture, from the Alpine foothills in the north to the Mediterranean coast in the South. Its hilly landscape provides sun and cooler temperatures, even in the warmest regions. Italy has two categories of fine wines. DOCG, which means regulated and guaranteed place name, refers to a small group of elite wines. DOB wines are those with regulated (but not guaranteed) place names. A lower tier of table wines are grouped into IGT wines, which indicate the location on the label, and ordinary table wines, which carry no geographical indication except, “Italy.”
The best wines from this noble grape come from Tuscany, particularly in the Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti districts, although it is gaining in popularity in California. Sangiovese grapes make wine that is medium to high in acidity and firm in tannin; the wines can be light to full-bodied depending on where the grapes are grown. The aromas and flavors are fruity, often of a cherry-like quality. Hints of violets or a nutty character can also be present.
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