Weekend Wine: Try This Chianti for a Casual Dinner

The Medici family tree is full of great winemakers

If you know anything at all about Italian history (especially during the reign of power of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany), the name Lorenzo dé Medici is one of the most important names in the worlds of politics, arts, and literature.

Some 500 years later, one of the female members of the family, Lorenza dé Medici di Ottajano, became a world famous cook, renowned especially for her fresh and fascinating take on classic Italian cuisine. Her son, Roberto Stucchi Prinetti, didn’t use the Medici name, which is kind of like Anderson Cooper deciding the name Vanderbilt didn’t belong in his CV. Instead, he forged his own way into the culinary world by creating great wine.

For those who love Chianti, the name Roberto Stucchi is a guiding light for superb wines offered at reasonable prices. His family has made wine in Tuscany since 1846. Roberto is a quiet, authoritative man whose main label, Badia a Coltibuono, has become one of the most popular Chianti brands. His wines usually run $25-75 a bottle, but he also has an entry level wine called Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico ($19). This is Stucchi’s classic style Sangiovese that has soft tannins along with nut and berry aromas. Fire up your backyard grill and create your own favorite style of fajitas for an ideal pairing. Or even better, get one of his mother’s cookbooks and create your own masterpiece.

Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico is available at the Austin Wine Merchant (www.theaustinwinemerchant.com), or your favorite wine shop can easily order a bottle fro you.

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