Chianti Classico Riserva for $10?

file0001450669953This is part of the ProBlogger podcast 31 Days to a Better Blog.  I’m doing it to see what I learn.

Today’s exercise is to publish a link post, or a link to another blog–especially one that is useful.  If you’re an active wine blogger, you probably know this one, but if you’re not, then it’s a great one.

The Reverse Wine Snob, like other blogs, includes ratings and notes on bottles of wine.  What’s different about his is that

a) he almost exclusively focuses on bottles $20 and under and

b) these bottles are nationally distributed, usually at Costco or Trader Joe’s.

This is convenient, since so often one reads about a bottle and has a hard time finding it.

I liked this post because of the reverse sticker shock–Chianti Classico Riserva for $10 is unheard of. A regular bottle of Chianti, okay, but Riserva is the best. Chianti is a Tuscan wine from the Sangiovese grape that comes in three levels:

Chianti: from the Chianti region

Chianti Classico: from a smaller region within Chianti expected to produce better grapes, and

Chianto Classico Riserva: from Chianto Classico, but aged longer.

You can find out more about the different levels of Chianti at the Jacksonville Wine Guide.

One could expect to spend over $20 on Riserva–certainly not $10.  In fact, I’m not sure I’ve even had it…I usually go for Classico.  The Reverse Wine Snob recommends this wine, and I would probably try it.  Why not? That or a latte.

-Carol

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