A comprehensive guide to chianti wine tasting
The Italian wine region of Tuscany is well known for its Chianti wines. This blog post will discuss the perfect tips for degustazione vino chianti and get a good sense of what they are like before you buy them.
1. Look at the wine’s colour.
The classic Chianti is a medium-bodied wine with ruby red colour. This classic ruby red colour should be uniform and bright without any cloudiness or sediment at the bottom of your glass.
2. Smell the wine to check for fruitiness.
The Chianti should have a fresh fruity smell with red and black fruits such as cherries, plums and berries coming through in the scent. Additionally, it has earthy notes like leather and dried roses that come from ageing in oak barrels.
3. Taste the wine by taking a sip.
The Chianti should be dry with medium acidity, making it easy to drink, even for novice wine drinkers. It has slightly bitter tannins when you first taste, but they give way to sweet fruitiness towards the end of your glass. After tasting this classic Italian red, you’ll never want anything else!
4. Swirl the wine in your glass.
The Chianti should have a high alcohol content of around 14-15%, making it perfect for drinking with food, especially Italian cuisine. Try pairing it with meat dishes such as steak or roast chicken and pasta sauces made from tomatoes, mushrooms and olives.
The finish should be dry with a savoury, earthy flavour that lingers in your mouth after you swallow. If there is no bite at all when it goes down, this means your Chianti has either been watered down, or it’s not real.
Look out for wines that are too sweet because they could have been made from other grape varieties such as merlot or Sangiovese instead of 100% Trebbiano, which is the only way authentic Chiantis can be produced labelled under DOCG regulations.