Wine Wednesday: Gabbiano Chianti Classico

I am an avid red wine drinker but my taste doesn’t usually fall into the Chianti category. That is until now and the Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico DOCG entered my life. Unlike more traditional Chiantis, I would consider this wine less rustic and easier to drink. It is a perfect fit for the modern palate (and a great price point). The wine is a smooth and full-bodied Italian red wine made from Sangiovese grapes (90%). Here’s the lowdown.

In the glass: Gabbiano’s Chianti is a brilliant ruby-red color with a semi-opaque crimson core.

On the nose: There are immediate hits of classic red and black fruit (red cherries, red currant, and cranberry), followed by some interesting notes of star anise, dry wood and mineral undertones.

On the tongue: The wine is medium-bodied, which is makes this a red that is perfect for the hotter summer months. The palate is fresh, yet tart, with notes of dark red berry fruit, plums, slight hints of juicy acidity and of wood (smokey cigar box wood). Is is very easy on the palate.

Verdict: Drink up! This wine is best paired with foods like pizza or rich pastas.

Available through the LCBO, $16.95

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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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