Written by Karen Bates (last updated November 23, 2018)
For many people, sitting down to a nice dinner means good food, good friends, and good wine. Because of its timeless taste and its ability to pair deliciously with meals, people around the world have come to enjoy a relaxing glass of wine with a meal. Not only does some wine have health benefits, but it can also help you relax and wind down at the end of the day. Whether you drink it every day or only once in a while, it can be a great addition to your meal.
There are many kinds of wine, and many of these wines vary greatly in taste. Everyone has his or her own personal preference when it comes to a favorite type of wine, but some are more popular than others due to a more universally-appealing or classic taste.
One wine that is particularly loved by many people is Chianti. This wine originates in the Chianti region of Tuscany, and Chianti wine is only considered to be truly genuine if it comes from this area. Although the exact specifications for what makes up Chianti has changed over the years, this wine is now made chiefly with Sangiovese grapes: purple Italian grapes that have a light body and high acidity. Other varieties of grapes may also be used along with the Sangiovese.
Chianti, a red wine with a bold, strong flavor, is known for its half basket design on the bottle even though not all Chianti wines still sport this look. Chianti's taste can be described as fruity and slightly spicy. This wine isn't meant to be served chilled, but at a cool room temperature—about 60 degrees. You can pour the Chianti into a specific glass designed just for this wine variety, or you can use normal red wine glasses instead.
When pairing Chianti with a meal, remember that it works well with red-sauced Italian dishes with tomato (such as lasagna or spaghetti with marinara), cheese, and red meats as well as a few other kinds. Some say that Chianti is good for new wine drinkers because its taste can be fruity and is not too intense.
If you are looking to try a new wine with your meal, consider Chianti wine. Its delightful taste pairs well with many Italian dishes and meats, and many people around the world have come to enjoy this versatile red wine.
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