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The Vine Vera Chianti Wine Guide: Overview – Vine Vera Reviews

How to Use Vine Vera is back with yet another exciting guide. After taking you through the worlds of skin care for men and women, we decided that it is high time we go back to some of the finer things in life, things like wine. This week, How to Use Vine Vera celebrates Chianti with an exciting Vine Vera Chianti wine guide. As usual, the guide has been divided into seven different parts, with each part offering you an exciting insight into the world of Chianti wine.

Vine Vera Chianti Wine Guide – Part 1

Apart from the Napa Valley in California, the one wine region that most Americans know about is Tuscany. The amazing art, olive oil and Merchant Ivory films have always been a symbol of Tuscany, but it is most famous for Chianti wine, one of the most recognized wines in the world. In order to understand Tuscany and Tuscan wines, it is essential to understand its prototype wine – the Chianti.

Chianti wine is produced in the Chianti region in Tuscany. It is predominantly made using the red Sangiovese grape, but often contains red and white varieties as well. There was a time when the government had mandated the use of a certain proportion of the Sangiovese grape in Chianti wine. However, the law finally changed in the year 1996, and it offered winemakers the freedom to create new and improved wines with the newfound freedom of being able to choose their own grapes. Some ended up excluding the white varieties altogether and these new wines actually began to taste better than the regular Chiantis. These wines are later renamed as Super-Tuscans.

Chianti wine actually dates all the way back to the 13th century and the earliest versions of Chianti were white wines. The villages of Castellina, Gaiole and Radda joined hands to form the League of Chianti during the Middle Ages, thereby creating the area that ended up being the heart and soul of the modern day Chianti Region. As the wines of this region began to grow in their popularity, the region kept growing in leaps and bounds as well.

The modern day Chianti might have changed dramatically as the wine changed from a white wine to a red wine, but you can still expect to feel a sense of excitement every time you taste Chianti wine. They say that once you try Chianti wine, you are likely to never be able to forget its taste, because of the savory experience that this magnificent wine has to offer.

The Chianti wine of today is a dry red wine that tastes best with food. It ranges from light-bodied to full-bodied and offers an aroma of cherries and violets. Chianti wine is also known to have a flavor that is reminiscent of tart cherries. Most of the best Chiantis are famous for having a fruity character and are best had after 5 – 8 years of vintage.

From the simpler Chianti bottles that cost in between $10 – $15 to the more costly Chianti Classico Riservas that range from $28 to $45, you can always expect to find a Chianti bottle that is made just for you.