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8/27/2013
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Tuscan Wines with Maialino


When it comes to Tuscan wines, Chianti may be the most… >

Tuscan Wines with Maialino

When it comes to Tuscan wines, Chianti may be the most well-known — who didn’t have one or two of those straw-basketed bottles-slash-candleholders back in their college days? — but it’s certainly not the only worthwhile vino from that region of Italy. During the off-hours of our August catalog shoot in Tuscany, we sipped our way through several non-Chianti options and wanted to find out more about them — and more about how we could find them back home. We asked Andrea Czachor, general manager of New York City’s trattoria Maialino to steer us toward Tuscan wines that go beyond the realm of the familiar Chianti (but are still familiar enough to find at your local wine shop).

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Red
“For a lighter-bodied red, I love the Canaiolo from Tenuta di Montecucco. Canaiolo is one of the grapes in the classic Chianti blend that adds a softness and brightness. When given the chance to shine solo, it really shows off these two traits. For me, during the hot months of the year, a lighter, easy-drinking red is a great option, especially when you’re just enjoying a glass (or bottle) without food.”

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White
“For white, my first thought is Vermentino. As a Native New Englander who spent summers summering on the Cape, fresh seafood along with the first sip of a chilled glass of Vermentino conjures up memories of relaxation and happiness. Whenever I crave that same lazy, outdoor feeling I turn to Antonio Sanguineti’s Vermentino. Its freshness and bright pineapple and citrus flavors are characteristics that are always pleasing. Only 800 cases of this wine were produced which is always an indicator of something special.”

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Rosé
“Lastly, you can’t go wrong with a crisp rosé, as the warm weather continues through fall. Its rosy hue looks great in the glass no matter what the time of year. The Rosato di Carmignano from Fattoria Ambra is a new favorite of mine. Carmignano uses the traditional Sangoviese grape of Tuscany but also blends some Cabernet giving the wine slightly more body and weight. Always a crowd-pleaser and its versatility with food make it perfect for entertaining.”

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Andrea was styled by Lina, the personal stylist at our Fifth Avenue store in NYC. She’s wearing the Peplum Snake Skirt and the Annecy Pullover. If you can’t get to NYC, book a free appointment with one of our online personal stylists.