Tuscan Wines – Alternatives to Chianti


Vernaccia di San Gimignano pic

Vernaccia di San Gimignano
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Michael Schamis, an experienced marketing analyst, enjoys both travel and wine tasting in his free time. Michael Schamis and his wife spent their honeymoon in the Tuscan region of Italy, an area known for its wine.

Many wine drinkers think of Tuscany and automatically associate it with Chianti. Produced from the Sangiovese grape, this category of eight different wine types has become the most famous type of Tuscan wine. Connoisseurs know, however, that the region produces not only other wines but other varieties of grape, as well.

The Vernaccia grape, for example, produces the Vernaccia di San Gimignano. A floral white wine, it pairs well with seafood and has an appealing crispness. The Trebbiano grape also produces such crisp whites as the Montecarlo, as well as the dessert wine Vin Santo. This particular variety, sometimes made from Malvasia grapes, involves a drying process that results in varying levels of sweetness.

Tuscany is still best known for its reds, however, and these include several that carry the superior Denominazione de Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation. Such honored varieties include the Vino Nobile de Montepulciano and the Brunello di Montalcino, both of which produce wine from the Sangiovese grape.