There seems to be a nostalgia in the air when it comes to wine these days. Gone are the days when your average wine drinker orders the first Zinfandel they see on the menu. And welcome are the days where quality wines are on the menu! Traditional wines have made their way onto the scene again, and in a big way!
The quality of old world red wines is now perking ears and taste buds. Wine drinkers are realizing that quality does indeed count, and even more importantly is worth every penny. Palates are becoming more and more refined; wine bars are popping up in NYC and LA by the day and the drink of choice for a relaxing evening at home is popping open a bottle of wine and relaxing with friends.
Italy is without a doubt one of the most famous wine producing countries in the entire world. Narrow it down a bit further, and there is no better place than Tuscany to find old world wines. This is a territory that not only survives off tradition, history and excellence in craft but thrives off it.
Chianti ClassicoChianti has become somewhat of a legend when it comes to Italian wines and it is no wonder that it is exported throughout the entire world. This Sangiovese grape-based wine is easily replicated with Sangiovese knock offs, but wine drinkers have become way savvier than that and know to look for the black rooster seal.
Brunello di MontalcinoFor the truly refined palate, the Brunello di Montalcino is serious business. Where once this complex wine earned itself a reputation of being “only for the experts”, the Brunello di Montalcino now has a place in any wine bar that knows what pleases the palate. It has become a very approachable wine now that consumers are becoming more aware of quality and changing the game. More and more people are ordering wines they are confident in, and the Brunello fits the bill.