True fact: a “fi­asco” is the name of the raf­fia bas­ket found at­tached to the base of old-school Chi­anti bot­tles. Take that to your next pub quiz…

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GRATI CHI­ANTI RUFINA DOCG 2015 $22.80 This blend of 90 per cent san­giovese, 7 per cent canaiolo nero and 3 per cent col­orino is a lightly styled, spicy red that will clear the nose and soothe the throat on the first sniff and sip. Wild straw­berry, cherry and pep­pery notes on the nose lead to a soft, fruit-sat­u­rated mouth­feel and a suede-like fin­ish. Sip with: minestrone with pro­sciutto and potato dumplings. stvin­ VINETTI DE FIORINI CHI­ANTI SUPERIORE DOCG 2014 $25 Grapes for a superiore can come from any of the sub-re­gions within the re­gion of Chi­anti. Superiore wines must be aged for at least nine months be­fore re­lease and must be ap­proved by the of­fi­cial DOCG Com­mis­sion. San­giovese, canaiolo, cilie­gi­olo and caber­net sau­vi­gnon grapes have been crafted into a su­per-smooth, savoury red, edged with wild cherry, pome­gran­ate and a lick of leather on the tongue. De­li­cious. Sip with: polpet­tone in tomato pas­sata. posh­


Lo­cated in the foothills of the Apen­nines, Rufina is the small­est sub-re­gion of Chi­anti but also one of the most well-known. This basciano is heav­ing with suc­cu­lent red fruits, dried herbs and liquorice lay­ers. It is vel­vety, sexy, savoury — and I love it! Fact: Chi­anti Rufina can’t be re­leased for 12 months af­ter har­vest, six months longer than the typ­i­cal Chi­anti. Sip with: lamb and rose­mary sausages. tou­chofi­ Yvonne Lorkin YVONNE LORKIN IS CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF TAST­ING OF­FI­CER OF WINEFRIEND.CO.NZ AND A WINE WRIT­ERS OF NZ MEM­BER.

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