A couple of weeks ago I made chicken amatriciana for dinner and was looking for an inexpensive red wine, preferably Italian, to drink with this classic Roman dish. Well, I found it. Castello di Querceto Chianti D.O.C.G 2020. from Italy is selling this month in Utah for a paltry $8.99 – 2 bucks off of the normal price of $10.99.Â
The word querceto means oak in Italian and the winery that produces this bargain basement priced Chianti – Castello di Querceto – is so named for the oak forest near the Querceto estate, located on top of a hill in the Comune di Greve in the Chianti region of central Tuscany.Â
Made primarily from Sangiovese grapes blended with some other indigenous and complimentary varietals like Trebbiano and Canaiolo, this young red wine is a fairly light, easy-drinking Chianti that would partner well with pizza, pasta with red sauce, burgers, and grilled pork or chicken. It is fermented for 10 days in stainless steel tanks, so there is no oakiness or vanilla flavors in this simple but tasty wine.Â
Slightly tannic, Castello di Querceto Chianti will improve over the next three to five years, but it is not a wine to cellar away for the ages. Better to enjoy it now while itâ€™s young, accessible and cheap.Â Â Â
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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