Sunday, May 15, 2016

Wine and Food of the Giro 2016 Stage 9: The Chianti Stage

Where are we? Time-trialing through Chianti.
Radda in Chianti. First settled by the Etruscans and then by the Romans, Radda grew prosper and stronger in the Middle Ages, when it became the headquarters of the Chianti League. A black rooster was the emblem of the League, and this symbol became the seal of the “Consorzio Chianti Classico”, which promotes and protects the wine bearing the same name.
This ancient walled village has retained its original look, with narrow alleys, old churches and buildings, such as the 15-century Palazzo del Podestà, that features a uniquely emblazoned façade.
Greve in Chianti was established not far from major communication routes, such as Via Volterrana and Via Francigena. This quickly turned this small town into a major trading hub with a central market square (Piazza del Mercato), and rolling hills dotted with rural churches and feudal villages with their respective castles, such as Castello di Montefioralle.
The village is surrounded by the Chianti vineyards, and the territory is under the protection of the “Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico”, which safeguards the unique environment and landscape of the territory, promoting its cultural heritage.

COOKING: Creamed lardo, fegatelli (pork liver tidbits), traditional cold cuts, ribollita (bread and vegetable soup), fresh pasta with wild game sauce, char-grilled meat

Wine: Monteraponi 13 Chianti Classico
Monteraponi is an ancient medieval village, built around three square-based towers dating back to the 10th century.
The winery is situated on the top of a 470-meter-high hill and dominates the valley below, which slopes down towards the Arbia river.The winery produces Chianti Classico wines, Chianti Vinsanto, olive oil, Grappa. All products are certified organic by ICEA Italia.

Deep red in color. Violets and cherries on the nose. More delicate and structured than I expected. Smooth and very easy to drink. Fuller and richer as it opens up. On day two, showed more fruit, but still very balanced with enough acid to provide balance.

Food: Char-grilled meat they said. So we have beef tenderloin wrapped in pancetta. Because Thistle Meats had it at the market.

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