Chianti Classico winery in the heart of Tuscany, Italy
Chianti Classico Classico is a blend of Italian red and perhaps white grapes, produced in Tuscany in northeastern Italy. The major component is usually Sangiovese and often the blend contains Cabernet Sauvignon. Suggested food pairings include Beef Teriyaki, Filet Mignon, and Veal Chops.
Chianti Classico DOCG starts at about $15 a bottle and goes up from there. The Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico is good value in the $20 range if you can find it. It has good acidity with strawberry and plum flavors. In my article I Love Italian Wine And Food - The Tuscany Region I reviewed a Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2004 that cost about $21. I didn't have to reread my review to know that I was quite pleased with this wine. The Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro is quite an elegant, fruity treat but costs about $40. To protect the name, Ruffino only makes it in the best vintages.