Sunday, May 17, 2020

Please join me as we discover Sangiovese Wines around Italy #ItalianFWT

I am hosting our Italian Food Wine and Travel event this month that begins with this post, continues as we each choose a wine to taste (and pair in some cases) and finishes up with a twitter chat on June 6th at 11 AM Eastern Time.

I chose to look at the varietal of Sangiovese that is grown throughout Italy.  In the USA we identify our wines by the grape or grapes with which it is made.  In Italy the wine is identified by the area in which it is grown.

Chianti, Italy - 7 Good Reasons to visit the Chianti in Tuscany!
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The most popular area of Italy that uses Sangiovese grapes is Chianti, in Tuscany.  Most of us, when we order up wine with our pizza go for that bottle of Chianti knowing that it is going to be a perfect pairing.

If you want to get a little fancier and a little more high end you might choose a Chianti Classico.  The Classico comes from a separate territory within Chianti and is the oldest and most prestigious wine.

Further south in Tuscany you will find the town of Montalcino.  The wine made here also uses 100% Sangiovese grapes and goes by the name Brunello di Montalcino for the higher end wines and Rosso di Montalcino for the wines that age less than a year.

There are several other areas of Tuscany where Sangiovese is bottled including Montecucco and Montepulciano.  Or you can leave Tuscany and go into Central Italy to Umbria or Lazio.  You can also find this grape growing in Valpolicella, Campania and Sicily.

I hope you'll  join me next month and help me explore all the different wines made with this grape throughout Italy.    You can send me an email ( with your blog post title and blog url by June 3rd so that I can make the initial link list of the other participants to be included in your post.  I will also provide some topics for discussion during our Twitter Chat.

Until then please Stay Home/Stay Safe/ Stay Well.


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