Now that the weather is getting cooler, there’s nothing like curling up with a glass of red wine and some comfort food. Well, this Fall we are crazy for Chianti….and grilled cheese sandwiches! That’s right…we said grilled cheese. 😉 After learning about the 2nd annual “Crazy for Chianti” program, we couldn’t resist joining the fun… just in time to celebrate the Sangiovese grape harvest throughout the Chianti region too! The program offered an online build your own grilled cheese and wine pairing contest, sponsored by Banfi Wine, Cabot Cheese and Mezzetta. Our concoction? Simply some bread, bacon and cheddar….you can’t go wrong. Even simpler? Trader Joe’s Quinoa bread with their Bacon Cheddar…awesome! Check out the 3 different Chianti styles we paired with our grilled cheeses….
Avg Price: $14
Winemaker’s Notes: Ruby red in color. Intense bouquet with notes of cherries, plums, and violets. Rich flavors of cherry and leather. Supple tannins and good acidity.
Our Thoughts and Pairings: We definitely captured the cherry and plum notes, as well as some blackberry. A bit on light side but enjoyed the smooth and classic flavors. Paired well with the bacon cheddar! Our average rate was a 3 out of 5 on Vivino.
Chianti Classico Riserva
Avg Price: $17-18
Winemaker’s Notes: Deep ruby in color. Rich bouquet of cherries, plums, and iris. Deep cherry and leather flavors with subtle wood notes. Supple tannins, good acidity, and a lingering finish.
Our Thoughts and Pairings: A very well-balanced, smooth and classic Chianti. Cherry, vanilla and some violet on the nose. Fruity flavors with a bit of spice and oak. Great match for some crispy bacon and cheese. Our average rate was a 3.5 out of 5 on Vivino.
Avg Price: $8
Winemaker’s Notes: Ruby to deep garnet red in color, with characteristic intense aromas of violets and red cherry, Bolla Chianti is medium bodied with lively fruit flavors.
Our Thoughts and Pairings: A little deceiving on the nose at first. After a little breathing, cherry and violet scents came through. On the palate it was jammy with hints of pepper. Average Chianti…enjoyed the 2012 a bit more. We have a soft spot for Bolla Wines…always a good value for such affordable prices. Our average rate was a 3 out of 5 on Vivino.