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Tuscan Wine: 9 Must Try Wines from the Region

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Tuscan Wine: 9 Must Try Wines from the Region

If Tuscany remains one of Italy's favorite holiday destinations, it doesn't take much to guess why. From succulent steak Florentinas to bubbling ribollita, from pasta and beans to the iconic almond cantucci biscuits, this is the region in which you not only eat well, but drink exceptionally well, especially when it comes to Tuscan wine, there's arguably no better place to be.

So, if a trip to Tuscany is on the cards, here are 9 Tuscan wines to try while relaxing among the Chianti wine cellars, soaking up the atmosphere in the medieval villages or simply lounging under the Tuscan sun on the spectacular the Argentario beaches.

You'll find most of these Tuscan wines the wine list in any restaurnt in th region and if you want to save getting tongue tied when it comes to ordering, try boffing up on your pronunciation with the audio!

9 Tuscan Wines to Know

1. Morellino di Scansano

How to ask for it in Italian:

Appearance: Intense and clear ruby red.

Bouquet: Intense aromas of red fruit - especially cherry. A pleasant freshness and limited tannins make this a pleasant and balance the softness of alcohol.

Pairing: It's easy drinking appeal also means this pairs easily with food. Prefect when enjoyed with tasty salumi, red and white meat, and half-cheesed cheeses.

2. Chianti Classico

How to order in Italian?

One of the most famous Italian wines, Chianti Classico seduces by offering the elegance of a territory and the modernity of technical perfection.

An intense ruby red color and enveloping smell, with sweet spices like cardamom, cinnamon and juniper.

In the mouth they catch the roundness of alcohol and that of soft tannins, with the right freshness conferred by the known acidula. Long, silky, long finish.

Pairing: Recommended with red meat, braised meat and game.

3. Rosso di Montepulciano

How does that sound in Italian?

Intense ruby red with garnet-like reflections, this red wine has an extraordinarily complex, fine and elegant bouquet with star anise notes in closure.

Body: The taste is full and robust, characterized by a light and well-balanced tannicity.

Pairing: Recommended for all meals, especially for the first courses of ragu, steak, chicken and tasty dishes such as the beans to the whiskey. Also suitable for cheeses with a high seasoning.

4. Vin Santo Riserva

How does that sound in Italian?

The distinctive golden hue of Vin Santo Riserva makes this distinctive wine unique in the region.

Nose: tertiary bouquet with ripe and dried fruit notes and dried flowers.

Body: Taste sweet, well-structured, warm with alcohol but rich in acidity.  

5. Bianco di Toscana

How does that sound in Italian?

Intense straw yellow with brilliant greenish reflections. Its bouquet is characterized by white fruit, green apple, plum and white field flowers. The taste has a decent freshness and sapidity, and a body well balanced by the softness. It sits on citrus notes.

Pairing: Suitable to accompany delicious vegetables based on molluscs and mushrooms, as well as buns and pizzas.

6. Vermentino della Maremma

How does that sound in Italian?

Medium intensity color, intense vegetable bouquet, with notes of herbs. The palate is dry with a pleasant and intense persistence.

Pairing: Perfect with risotto or pasta with seafood or vegetables. 

7. Pomino Bianco

How does that sound in Italian?

Golden yellow with emerald green shades. Floral and fruity bouquet with a finish of acacia honey. Well-balanced body with fresh acidity and mineral notes.

Pairing: Perfect with pasta dishes with vegetable sauces, fish and meat. 

8. Vernaccia of San Gimignano

How does that sound in Italian?

Brilliant yellow with golden reflections. The nose has vanilla and almond aromas, exotic fruit and citrus fruit. In balance between softness and freshness, it closes with mineral notes.

Pairing: Ideal with seafood salads, pasta (or rice) dishes and vegetables, white meat and fish, semi-seasoned goat cheese.

9. Montecarlo Bianco

How does that sound in Italian?

The taste is sapid, dominated by softness, with notes of fresh acidity. Long-lasting flavor persistence on pleasing almond notes.

Pairing: accompanies dishes characterized by intense perception of sweet, with moderate oiliness, such as panzanella, rice soup or pappa al pomodoro.

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