Friday, July 6, 2012

All About Chianti Classico

"When the peasant eats a chicken, either the peasant is ill, or the chicken is."
--Italian proverb

Since my recent journey to the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany, Italy, I have written a number of posts about my experiences and are planning to write other posts for the near future. It was a beautiful, fascinating and tasty region, one that I highly recommend you visit. This is a region with a rich and vibrant history, and one which straddles both tradition and modern advances. There have been significant changes to the region within the last 20 years, and the quality of their wine has never been better.

"Garlic is the peasant's spice cupboard."
--Italian proverb

My journey was part of a journalist trip, sponsored by the Consorzio del Vino Chianti and Balzac Communications, I and four other writers explored Chianti Classico during the Chianti Classico è, a ten day festival celebrating the wines and foods of this region. Out itinerary included visits to seven wineries, including Castello d’Albola, Felsina, Castelli di Starda, Barone Ricasoli/Castello di Brolio, Isole e Olena (one of my favorite producers), Fontodi and Poggio al Sole. We participated in festival events such as Gallo Nero (Black Rooster) & Street Food Festival and the Homemaker’s Trophy, a cook-off with local housewives. In addition, we attended a few other tasting events, with the opportunity to taste many different wines from a variety of producers in the Chianti Classico region. We enjoyed many of the wines with our lunches and dinners.

"Saint Bernard's sauce makes food seem good."
--Italian proverb (St. Bernard's sauce is "hunger")

I felt it would be very helpful to my readers to compile the links to my Chianti Classico related posts in a single place. This post will be that repository, and as such will be constantly updated when I write another article about Chianti Classico. Some of these articles were written before my trip, and others afterwards. The posts will be listed in chronological order, from oldest to newest.

Bound For Italy: Chianti Classico
Rant: Where Is Wine Made?
Chianti Classico: The Times They Are A-Changing
Ten Things You Should Know About Chianti Classico (Part 1)
Ten Things You Should Know About Chianti Classico (Part 2)
Dario Cecchini: The Singing Butcher of Panzano
Barone Ricasoli: The Past & Future of Chianti Classico
Paolo di Marchi: The Philosopher-Peasant of Chianti Classico (Part 1) 
Paolo di Marchi: The Philosopher-Peasant of Chianti Classico (Part 2)
Fontodi Winery: Refreshing A Chianti Tradition
Felsina: A Rave For Rancia
Chianti Classico: Events & Wine Recommendations

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