Tuscan wine: taste the difference
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When we think of Tuscan wine we probably think of famous red wines such as Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino.
Tuscany, a region located in central Italy, is world-famous not only for its culture, history and art. It’s also well known for the wines. If we observe the countryside of Tuscany, we can easily understand how the wine has left such a strong mark on the environment. The idea we have about Tuscany is often close to the image of idyllicnatural landscapes made of gentle hills covered by vineyards. This is due to the big production of wine of the region, estimated in 26 million cases each year.
Tuscan wines are divided in three law categories: DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata), DOGC (Denominazioni di Origine Controllata e Garantita) and IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica).
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Tuscan red wine: not only Chianti
The most common produced wine produced in Tuscany is red wine (i.e. more than the 80 per cent).
Many grapes are used, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot, but the most important grape is the Sangiovese. This particular grape is high in both acid and tannin and allows to bring out vastly different qualities of wine that may not exist elsewhere.
What are the most famous Tuscan red wines? Here are theseven must-try ones:
Chianti is probably the most famous Tuscan wine in the world. It’s produced with Sangiovese grapes, in the Chianti region, which includes the provinces of Arezzo, Firenze, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena. This blend red wine has a mixture of flavors, whichcomprehends raspberry and bitter herbs.
This precious variety of Chianti is produced in the provinces of Firenze and Siena. Chianti Classico and Riserva are particularly deep in flavor and colour. The Chianti Classico has the floral bouquet of iris and mammola with the typical aroma of wild berries deriving from the limestone component of the sandstone soil of the area from where it is produced.
Brunello di Montalcino
Brunello di Montalcino is a red wine produced in the province of Siena and it is obtained from Sangiovese grapes. The fragrance of it is intense and persistent and the colour is bright and limpid. It has a vigorous, dry taste and it goes perfectly together with seasoned cheeses, red meats, and dishes with sauce bases.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
It is produced in Montepulciano, in the province of Siena. Nobile was the first DOCG wine to appear on the Italian market. It is one of the most renowned wines of Tuscany, and has been considered as the wine of nobles (kings, popes, presidents). The wine is made primarily from the Sangiovese grape varietal (i.e. minimum 70%), blended with Canaiolo Nero and small amounts of other local varieties.
Rosso di Montepulciano
This red wine is produced in Montepulciano, has a lively ruby color, an intense scent and a dry, harmonious flavor. Rosso di Montepulciano is indicated throughout the meal, particularly suitable for first courses with meat sauce and meat in general. It goes very well with the Florentine steak, the Florentine meatloaf and with chicken.
Super Tuscan is made with Sangiovese grapes, these wines usually require at least an hour or two of decanting before consuming: this makes them extremely rich and tasty. The Super Tuscans wines don’t adhere to DOC regulations, and use the legal appellation of IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica), which gives producers more flexibility than Chianti and other Tuscan DOCs.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano
This wine is produced in the area of San Gimignano, in the province of Siena, this wine has a straw yellow color with golden reflections that are accentuated with aging. The scent is fine, delicate with fruity and floral hints. It is a dry and harmonious wine.
Where to buy Tuscan wine in the UK
Drinking Tuscan wine is an experience which every food lover should try at least once. Maybe you fancy Tuscan wine in the UK, but you don’t know where to buy it. Don’t worry, there are many options for those who want to try the best Tuscan wines paired with their favorite dish, or maybe with an aperitif.
If you live in a big city, such as London or Manchester, you can search for an Italian delicatessen, or for an Italian wine shop. These Italian food shops are usually divided into many sections, wines included. The shops specialized in Italian wines offer a section for all the regional Italian wines, and the Tuscan wines are probably the most important.
If you live in a small city, or if you have no time to go to an Italian delicatessen, you can always buy Tuscan wine from an online Italian shop. There are many Italian groceries online which sell food and wine in the UK, we suggest you to choose the one which offers a wide variety of wines and that can prove its experience in this field.
The Italian Community Shop is an Italian online shop which provides the largest selection of wines, including Tuscan wines, in the UK. With many years of experience in selling Italian food products and wines in both Italy and the UK, it is the best place to shop for your Italian needs. For more information visit The Italian Community Shop.
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