#FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions | CHIANTI CLASSICO – GABBIANO CAVALIERE D’ORO

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While other wines can be described as powerful, still others as delicate, Chianti Classico is best described as a balance of elegant and rustic, with juicy, straightforward tannins, and alcohol starting at just 12% make for a lighter-bodied wine — and a refreshing accompaniment to food. ∗


Made with 90% Sangiovese, 5% Merlot and 5% Colorino, this juicy wine opens with aromas of blue flower, black-skinned berry and a whiff of tobacco. The savoury palate doles out Marasca cherry, licorice and black pepper alongside velvety tannins. Enjoy over the next few years.

Examples of great pairings: Cured or Smoked Meats, Country Pate, Pasta with Meat Sauce, Baked Pasta with meat filling, Duck Confit, Roast Duck, Grilled Pork, Grilled Veal, Tacos, Burritos, Fajitas, Pizza, Hamburgers

$19.99 available at BC Liquor Stores

Medium ruby colour; aromas and flavours of chocolate, dark fruit and gentle baking spice, with prune and honey notes; dry, medium-bodied, structured tannins and refreshing acidity.

$18.95 at the LCBO

A historic winery in the heart of the Chianti Classico

A three hundred year tradition, a particularly suitable land, with the added value of culture and technology man today can only target a very high quality production


“The first historical references to Gabbiano date from the 11th century, when work began on the square tower, which was built to defend one of the most important communication routes between Florence and Siena”


“The quality of wine is born in the vine”

The castle vineyards snake through the clay and limestone rock-filled soil of the estate.

It is the alliance between the land and the vine that makes the difference: each vine has its own characteristics, requirements and reaction, important to be thoroughly familiar with both the grape and the land to know how to manage.

The analysis of the earth, the choice of the rootstocks and the selection of the clones, as well the pruning back and the careful, skillful handling of the vine throughout its productive cycle, makes it possible to obtain a healthy grape with uniform ripening: the quality of the grapes is at the heart of a good wine.

Wine notes courtesy of BC Liquor Stores and the LCBO respectively. Images: MyVanCity. Note: vintage in the images differs from what is available to purchase. I received complimentary wine to facilitate this feature. ∗ source – Google.ca

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