Friday, September 15
$12 / 6-8 PM / no reservations needed

Chianti classico rooster natural wine organic biodynamic los angeles
Friday, September 15th tasting
Look for the black rooster: old school Chianti Classico
$12 / 6-8 PM / no reservations needed

I fear that Chianti if it has any profile at all for most American wine drinkers, is forever tainted by its connection to fava beans in Silence of the Lambs. Just as merlot took a dive in the wake of the movie Sideways, the place of any given wine in the American imaginary is fragile. I think for most folks, Chianti represents a warm and fuzzy. The name evokes nothing more than red-checked tablecloths, spaghetti and meatballs, and a fiasco bottle of Chianti, perhaps used as a wax-encrusted candlestick—but even these associations already feel like a battered memento of the recent past. Chianti may be in part an artifact, but it is also a living wine. Of course, like many other wines, not all Chianti is interesting, but I am here to tell you there are very groovy wines that are (a) not-so-dear and (b) beautifully farmed, made without added garbage and (c) work naturally with tomato-y dishes but also a nice hunk of red meat, too. Always look for the black rooster, the insignia of the Chianti Classico consorzio—this means that the wine comes from the original, geographically compact area from which the wine originated. In addition, look for growers who use the traditional, enormous botti grande barrels, really the key ingredient I think for making good, sangiovese-based wine. We’re tasting three Chianti Classico wines tonight, starting with a juicy, light-bodied one raised in concrete and bottled in the traditional fiasco bottle of yore; the other two are raised in botti grande.

Montebernardi Chianti Classico en fiasco! 2014
Monteraponi Chianti Classico 2015
Castell’in Villa Chianti Classico 2012

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