||[Sep. 15th, 2012|10:12 pm]
Last month, I opened a bottle of Chianti with a friend who said he knew nothing about wine. I know a little, so I showed him how to sniff it, taste it, and talk about it, driving in the point that wine is always more interesting when you can talk about it with somebody.
We sniffed it, and a nose of apricots was overpowering. I said, "now, this is funny, I can smell apricots, but that's usually a characteristic of a white wine." He could smell it, too. In fact, the apricot scent was growing stronger and stronger.
What do you know ~ Chiantis often have white grape varieties blended in, particularly the lighter bodied styles that I'm looking for when I open a Chianti. So when you're drinking a Chianti (but not a Chianti Classico, which prohibits any white varietals), look for characteristics of white grapes
And now I know the straw basket is called a fiasco.