Castello di Brolio (Ricasoli 1141 Winery 📷)

This is part two of my Chianti series — read part one here.

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There’s little doubt that Chianti is one of the world’s most well known wine regions. Though connoisseurs may prefer to collect Barolo or Brunello, to casual drinkers it is surely the most recognizable name in Italian wine, and aside from a few famous Frenchies, perhaps all of Europe. There is also so much that is misunderstood in this famous region. Like, why are there two separate DOCGs? Or, did…


Chianti vineyards (Wiki Commons)

There’s little doubt that Chianti is one of the world’s most well-known wine regions. Though connoisseurs may prefer to collect Barolo or Brunello, to casual drinkers it is surely the most recognizable name in Italian wine, and aside from some famous Frenchies, perhaps all of Europe. That said, after a recent conversation about the differences between the two official Chianti regions (Chianti DOCG and Chianti Classico DOCG) I realized that even I — an Italian wine fanatic — didn’t fully understand why there are two separate official wine regions named Chianti (not to mention all the subzones). I’ve heard the…


Discovering the tender heart of Umbria’s brawny beast Sagrantino.

It’s July 20-something, and the relentless midsummer sun is bearing down on the Northeast US. Rosé Season is in full swing. It’s the time of year when my brooding, prized behemoths normally slumber safely in the dark, dusty confines of my cellar, awaiting the return of fall and temperatures more appropriate for their masculine wiles. Yet here I sit, in the company of one of the baddest dudes on the planet: the fabled Sagrantino di Montefalco. …

Mike Madaio

Food & drink writer with a focus on wine history. All work at https://lifeattable.com.

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