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What's the Chianti blend?
Among the most popular red wines in America, the Chianti blend derives its name from the Chianti region in Tuscany. To acquire the Chianti label, the drink must come from this region in central Italy and contain at least 80% sangiovese grapes. The remaining constituents of this wine may include cabernet, merlot, syrah or other local grape varieties that lend it a softer finish. Modern laws don't allow white grape varieties to be part of this blend. Enjoy this dry, red wine while it's young and fresh.
The flavor profile
This red blend showcases aromas of red fruits, violets and dried herbs. It's an earthy drink with rustic notes with high tannins and bracing acidity. You'll also notice notes of cherry and Italian herbs and condiments like dried oregano and balsamic vinegar, along with sweet tobacco.
Food pairings with this wine
The savory flavor of this red wine with its high acidity and coarse tannin makes it a nice food pairing option. The high acidity cuts through fatty dishes and can hold its own against acidic flavors of tomato and vinegar. Think pizza with melted mozzarella and fresh tomato and basil sauce or a pasta dish topped with marinara and garnished with grated parmesan. While classic Italian food is always a winner with this Tuscan wine, this drink is versatile and goes well with international foods. Grilled steak, roast beef or a classic hamburger are food pairing options that contrast and complement its bold flavors.