Tastes change and fashion is fickle. But despite the constant barrage of tempting new wines on the market, Chianti remains one of the world’s favorites. Italy’s most famous red wine, whose history goes back centuries, Chianti comes from a region that covers much of central Tuscany; it is divided into seven zones.
The best known zone is Chianti Classico, between Florence and Siena. And, yes, it produces many excellent wines. But don’t let the “Classico” label blind you to the delightful wines made in the other zones and labeled simply, “Chianti.” They tend to be a bit lighter in body and ready to drink at an earlier age. They are also usually less expensive. In this month of casual meals, picnics and barbecues, Chianti may be the quintessential summer red.
By law, Chianti must be made of 70 to 100 percent Sangiovese, Tuscany’s major grape. Vintners who use less than 100 percent may blend it with other native grapes, but never more that 10 percent of international grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Having recently tasted 11 Chianti currently on the market, I can recommend a number of them. Like all Chianti, they bear the rating of DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita), Italy’s highest level of wine appellations. Prices range from $10 to $20, with most selling for $15 or less.
San Fabiano Chianti 2008, a bright, satisfying wine, is made of 85 percent Sangiovese and has lovely fruit flavors with cherries predominating, a touch of leather and good acidity.
Ruffino Chianti 2008 has an inviting aroma, both floral and cherry-rich, with a suggestion of nuts and spice. The delicious, medium-bodied wine is made of 75 percent Sangiovese.
I Veroni Chianti Rúfina 2008, with a remarkably perfumed aroma of cherries and other ripe, red fruits, is beautifully structured with a promise to age well.
Fattorie Giannozzi Chianti Colli Fiorentini 2007, a fruit-driven wine of excellent balance and fine acidity level, is one to drink early.
Frescobaldi Rúfina Nipozzano Chianti Riserva 2007, with hints of tobacco, clove and cinnamon in the nose, is a smooth, well-made wine with a lingering finish that tends to age well.
La Cignozza Chianti Colli Senesi 2006 is a smooth, 85 percent Sangiovese wine with an aroma that bounces from cherry to tobacco.
On Location Experiences makes it easy for travelers to head to London or Mexico City for upcoming NFL games. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosts the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders Oct. 6, and the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oct. 13; Wembley Stadium hosts the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams Oct. 27, and the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars Nov. 3; and Estadio Azteca hosts the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers Nov. 18.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.