Virtual Tasting Premier Host
Cost: GBP 10
Twenty years ago, Chianti’s reputation had plummeted - quality was at best variable and the wines from Bolgheri to the west hogged the limelight in the press.
Changes to the production rules in the Chianti region itself came just in time to avert disaster. Twenty years on Chianti has never been better. Our tasting charts the changes and how they have created the dynamic, quality-driven region that Chianti now is.
Presenter: Pippa Hayward with Sandy Leckie
Wine Suggestions: A contrasting pair of wines - the first made from Sangiovese with up to 10% of Merlot and/or Cabernet Sauvignon and the second from pure Sangiovese or with a small percentage of other indigenous grape varieties.
From the Wine Society - Chianti Classico Brolio, 2018 (£ 14.95) and Chianti Rufina Riserva, Villa di Vetrice, 2015 (13.95)
From Majestic (Mix Six prices) - Chianti Poggio Galiga, Grati, 2019 (8.99) and Chianti Classico Riserva, Antinori, 2016 (£20.99)
From Waitrose Cellar (www.waitrosecellar.com - no minimum order and delivery to your door for a small fee) - Chianti Sagrato Riserva, Cecchi, 2017 (10.79) and Valiano 6.38 Gran Selezione Chianti Classico, Piccini, 2015 (£19.99)