For many Americans, no wine better encapsulates Italy than Chianti. Having come into vogue packaged in a straw basket known, foretellingly perhaps, as a “fiasco”, this wine had the ideal combination of food-friendly taste and low-price that made it a pasta night classic. Chianti was destined, however, to become a victim of its own success. Feeling the pressures of a burgeoning market, producers took to increasing harvest yields and adding in higher percentages of unremarkable grapes leading to thoroughly lackluster wines. For a while, Chianti seemed to be destined to the bottom shelf.
But as th...Read More