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- fontanian - 01-12-2002 01:47 PM

I to have tried this wine,some friends had ordered this at an Italian rest. and I liked it but I'm not exactly sure what it was I was drinking, can you shed some light on this??

- barnesy - 01-12-2002 02:07 PM

It is one of the most famous Italian types of wine. There are three levels...Plain Chianti, Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Reserva (plus some other regions of Chianti like Chianti Rufino).

It is a blend of several grapes but the main is Sangiovese and also includes a white varietal.

It ranges in quality from plonk to excellent. Some readily available and inexpensive ones to try are Piccini or Gabbiano. Try these at the classico level or higher.


- fontanian - 01-12-2002 02:30 PM

thanks so much for the info. I will go and see which ones I can find. I didn't know about the different kinds, I'll get back to you and let you know which one I tried.
this wine board is the BOMB!!!

- Innkeeper - 01-12-2002 08:07 PM

Is BOMB good?

- winedope - 01-13-2002 07:11 PM

Yes, IK, the bomb means it's the best, so it is a nice compliment. WD

- mrdutton - 01-13-2002 10:11 PM

IK, you are letting your age show!

The BOMB is to young as COOL is to us...........

GRIN [img][/img]

- mrdutton - 01-13-2002 10:19 PM

Had 2000 Chianti Rufino tonight with the heavy horse douvers that we normally put on for the NFL games -

Cheeses such as Jarlesberg and Gouda, Pork Liver Pate, Cajun Krab Cheese Ball (don't ask?), Pepperoni, Smoked Beef Tenderloin with mustard sauce, BBQ'd Snausages (oh you know, them little hot dog things.....), Chili, and stuff like that.......

Oh, bye the bye........ RAVENS WON!!

Wine went nicely with the food and the RAVENS winning!!! A young Chianti, we had the liver but did not really miss the fava beans. GRIN!!

Really, it went quite well with all of our snacks until my partner in crime lit up his stogie. The cigar smoke took away from the food and the wine....... but not the game.

Oh by the way did I mention that the RAVENS won?

- barnesy - 01-14-2002 12:17 AM

Or more importantly...or dasterdly...the dolphins lost [img][/img]

Ok, they've got a defense and a running game...but man...I wish we still had Marino.


- fontanian - 01-14-2002 04:02 PM

hello my fellow winers

I had to come on and share my experience with lumbrusco,I absolutely love it. much better than the chianti I had before. And will definetly be recommending it to my friends. On the other hand I saw you mention beaujolais and am anxious to try this too.Any suggestions on what kind of food I should try this with. I'm not brave enough to just drink this alone yet.
p.s "the Bomb" is very "in" if you hang out with the "in crowd" offense.

see ya!

- Drew - 01-14-2002 06:33 PM

or as chief inspector Clueseau sez...."A Bim!!..."


- barnesy - 01-14-2002 09:04 PM

I have this thing about speaking proper english and not letting my vocabulary be dictated to me by MTV. That ways I always know what is coming out of my mouth.

Barnesy, member of the "out" crowd

- winoweenie - 01-15-2002 07:21 AM

I too, be a member of the well-turned phrase club. thata' ways I knows what be goin' in me mouth at all times. WW [img][/img]

- wondersofwine - 01-15-2002 09:57 AM

Hey, guys, Fontanian is asking what foods to have with Beaujolais. One suggestion is a hard cheese like Cheshire or cheddar. Would roasted or grilled chicken be a match? What other meats?

- Innkeeper - 01-15-2002 11:26 AM

With Beaujolais? Hamburgers of every type.

- fontanian - 01-15-2002 12:58 PM

hey barnesy sorry to hear you were or rather are a mamber of the "out crowd", and watching
MTV well we just won't go there.....
Thanks wondersofwine & Innkeeper for the suggestions,I don't think I mentioned that
I'm new at this wine thing and have only been trying different ones for the past month (only on weekends of course). I think my taste is leaning towards the sweeter wines. My problem is that I don't know which ones are the sweet ones. but I have come to realize that they taste the way they smell.
Is that dumb????? be nice now!!

- wondersofwine - 01-15-2002 01:57 PM

No, that's smart. Usually a wine's aroma/bouquet is a good indication of its taste. Taste comes from sensations of saltiness, sweetness, bitterness, etc. so if it smells sweet and fruity the taste will usually follow. However, once in awhile I encounter a wine that smells better than it tastes. And I think Roberto has commented on
wines that have an earthy or "barnyard" smell but are wonderful to taste. Just goes to show the infinite variety in wines.

- winedope - 01-15-2002 08:12 PM

I'm not a member of the "in crowd" either. My knowledge of the phrase comes from my 11 year old nephew, who tries to keep me in touch with what's going on. Steak sandwiches are nice with beaujolais too, for me. WD

- mrdutton - 01-15-2002 08:36 PM

Stuff from the grill is nice with Beaujolais and that would include grilled chicken.

- Thomas - 01-16-2002 09:22 AM

Mr. D, I was just going there but you beat me to it.

I find that most foods that pair with light-bodied Pinot Noir, also do ok with many Beaujolais; it is especially true with the Crus Beaujolais.

- fontanian - 01-16-2002 04:15 PM

Thanks everybody for all your help! I love that I can ask any and as much questions as I want and not get critized. So of course I have another question. I see alot of these wines that are "fruit flavor" such as pear,peach,. berries...etc.what's the difference between these kinds of wines and the ziffindels'? other than the $$.

thanks again everybody!