Chianti

Chianti is a dry red wine made from a blend of grapes usually sold in highly recognizable short, wide bottles placed in straw baskets. The best known of the Italian wines, the drink traditionally comes from Tuscany, but is made in other regions as well, since in Italy wines are not necessarily tied to a single region, as they often are in France. The origin of the name of the wine has not been established with certainty, but is typically believed to have come from the name of a noble Etruscan family that formerly inhabited the area. Some have suggested, however, that the wine’s moniker was derived from the Latin word clangor, which means “a bird’s cry” or “a high-pitched trumpet note,” both of which could refer to the formerly untamed wilderness of the region's countryside.


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