Summer and warm weather are fast approaching and that means, so is barbecue season. Nothing is better than gathering in the outdoors on a beautiful day with some friends and having a cookout. For most barbecues the standard beverages of choice are cold beer and soft drinks, but do not overlook a nice bottle of Chianti to class up the proceedings.
Chianti is a blend of grapes (75-100% Sangiovese, up to 10% Canaiolo, and up to 20% of any other grape variety including Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot, or Syrah). It is the red table wine of choice in Italy and is an everyday, every meal choice regardless of what one is eating. It works well with everything from pasta to beef to seafood. Everyone recalls the Chianti of old, served in a round bubble shaped bottle encased in a straw basket. However, this classic red table wine has gotten a fresh makeover, and now is sold in a standard shaped bottle by most vintners.
Today’s choice is a versatile, easy to drink, mid priced ($16-$25 online) Chianti from Italy’s famous Tuscan region. Nipozzano refers to the vineyard, which is owned by the Frescobaldi family, which has been producing different varieties of wines in that region for over 700 years.
This Chianti is a great choice for a barbecue as the wine is ideal for barbecued meats. Whether it’s hamburgers or hot dogs or ribs and brisket, this wine will stand up to whatever you are serving. Its fruity aroma has notes of black cherry and chocolate, with hints of clove, cedar, cinnamon and floral essences. It is a rich and complex wine with a beautiful ruby red color. The finish has plenty of fruit flavors, raspberry and blueberry among them, and great acidity. It finishes dry and earthy with a taste of cherry.
Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Reserva can even be served slightly chilled on those warm summer days when we are craving a cold drink. Also, if there is any wine left over, it is an ideal wine to make a tasty Sangria. Add some brandy and triple sec with slices of oranges, limes, lemons and apples. Put in a pitcher with ice and club soda. Another perfect barbecue cocktail.