Following from the previous article “The great wines are born from charming estates” now we discover the basic and main features to rank a wine

 

We follow up with a series of articles talking how the professional sommelier Diego Vita can recommend the best wines. During this exhaustive and important aside, we have divided the topics as follows:

Chianti: A perfect pairing for all palates

The very long Chinese culinary tradition, the vastness of the territory and the many regional styles that are also very different make the Chinese dishes rich of contrasting flavors. This makes pairing wine with Chinese food a very challenging exercise even for the best sommeliers.

In the Chinese cuisine many dishes are characterized by a bold combination of opposite flavors, such as sweet and sour dishes or food flavored with spicy sauces. This opens the door to a pairing with a decidedly versatile red wine particularly suitable for typical Chinese dishes: Chianti, and more specifically Chianti La Pieve and Chianti Fortebraccio Riserva wines.

To taste the best of these Tuscan excellences, the bottle must be opened a few hours before, allowing the wine to oxygenate itself and release all its aromas. The ideal service temperature for Chianti La Pieve and Chianti Fortebraccio Riserva wines is 16/18 °C. It is also very important, while tasting such a special wines and grasping all their nuances, to choose the right glass: to make the most of these precious Tuscan red wines it is necessary to serve them in a tulip-shaped glass, with the mouth slightly shrinking, to enhance their bouquet.

Among the recommended pairings, surely they stand out with meat or stewed dishes, but thanks to their extreme versatility, Chianti La Pieve and Chianti Fortebraccio Riserva wines excellently sublimate even the most delicate fragrances of fish dishes, white meats, rice, pasta and vegetables.


Perfect in combination with any meal, Chianti La Pieve and Chianti Fortebraccio Riserva wines go very well with all typical dishes of Chinese cuisine, even the tastiest and most spicy ones, such as for istance:

Roast Duck
Roast Duck

Roast duck (traditional Beijing recipe)

Tasting and pairing notes: the acidity, the body and the tannins of Chianti La Pieve and Chianti Fortebraccio Riserva wines combine very well with the richness and sumptuousness, and also the fat, of the duck. The explosion on the palate of the fruity hints of the wines gives a balanced and perfect taste.

 

 

 

 

Cantonese Rice
Cantonese Rice

Cantonese rice

Tasting and pairing notes: a complex recipe, well known also in Italy and in the West. Native of Guangdong province, it is a particularly manifold dish full of suggestions for the palate. Chianti La Pieve and Chianti Fortebraccio Riserva wines, thanks to their good acidity and persistence combined with the presence of tannins, manage at the same time to clean up the mouth without damping the flavors of the dish, but enhancing them.

 

 

 

Chilli Fish Heads
Chilli Fish Heads

Chilli fish head

Tasting and pairing notesChianti La Pieve and Chianti Fortebraccio Riserva wines are characterized by ripe and soft tannins, exuberant fruity notes and medium acidity. In other words, they have all the attributes to combine a spicy dish like the chilli fish head and, at the same time, to contribute to its refined harmony.

 

 

 

 

We have come to the end and through this series of articles we have known more on details the Chianti La Pieve and Chianti Fortebraccio Riserva wines, and we have learned to recognize their strengths and features, the score and the marvelous wine estate where they are produced, as well as their extreme versatility to be paired with any kind of food, with particular reference to the Chinese cuisine. All this information will help you not only to know how to recognize a quality wine, but they will be valuable also to improve your knowledge on the wine sector.  Now when you will be invited for lunch or dinner you will be able to show off your wisdom and get the approval of your friends !!

 

If you have any questions, concerns or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact me and it will be my pleasure to answer you soon.

 

Diego Vita, Sommelier

 

 

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