Watching the CNN series Searching Italy I never expected political rhetoric in a food show – but in today’s toxic political climate in America, why am I surprised! During last week’s episode CNN Milano Mr. Tucci had a brief conversation with a northern Italian cheese maker, a personal friends of Signore Salvini, the leader of Northern League (Lega Nord). The dialogue was harmless (in my opinion) but Lega Nord is Italy’s conservative party and with CNN’s strong liberal bias, was there a hidden message?

The next episode takes us to Tuscany (Toscana), un regione more famous for their wine than food. So far, Tucci has avoided wine conversation during the series but I will be surprised if that continues in Tuscany.

Throughout the world Tuscan wine is synonymous with Sangiovese. Brunello di Montalcino is 100% Sangiovese Grosso, Chianti Classico is 80% Sangiovese and Super Tuscans are blends of Sangiovese and Bordeaux varietals.

Chianti is widely known and Chianti Classico is the largest of 8 Chianti regions. I have written about the three levels of Classico LINK. Chianti Classico (CC), CC Riserva and Gran Selezione.

Brunello di Montalcino (BdM) is one of Italy’s most prestigious wines. Released after 5 years of aging it is best to drink after decanting or further aging.

Super Tuscan is not an official term and refers to Tuscan wines made with international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Cabernet Franc.

Tuscany’s Wines – Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Super Tuscan

“Stanley Tucci in Tuscany” on CNN – Sunday March 14 9pm

Cheers, Bob the WineGuy