It’s no secret that I (and many others) are fans of Italian wines, and Tuscany has produced some of world’s greatest wines. Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti Classico are world renowned wines produced from Tuscan vineyards of Sangiovese (say Sahn-jo-veh-zeh) grapes.

But it is Chianti Classico (name of wines and region) that is synonymous with Tuscany. For many years there was Chianti Classico and Chianti Classico Riserva. Then in 2014 the  European Commission introduced a new category. Gran Selezione (translation great selection) is a level above Riserva so we now have Chianti Classico (CC), CC Riserva and Gran Selezione. Mama Mia, so confusing!

Watch this entertaining Instagram video to explain 3 levels of Chianti Classico…

Two favorite producers in Chianti Classico zone are in my cellar – Tenuta La Massa and Castello di Volpaia.

Cheers, Bob the WineGuy
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