To enjoy Chianti Classico best the bottle should be opened a few hours beforehand to let the wine breathe and release all its aromas.
Ideal serving temperature is 16° to 18°C (61° to 65° F); if warmer the sense of alcoholic strength might cover up its fragrances and if cooler the acidity might be sensed as higher than its real value.
It is also important, whatever the pairing, to choose the right glass: to valorize Chianti Classico it should be served in a tulip glass, with a slightly tapered mouth, to exalt its bouquet.
The great versatility of Chianti Classico makes it possible to pair this wine with a great variety of foods. And while traditional Tuscan recipes have always been enhanced by a “nice glass” of Chianti Classico, through the years it has also proved a winning choice with many international cuisines.
Excellent with grilled meats, game and wildfowl, roasts, braised meats and aged cheeses, Chianti Classico also passes with flying colors in quite unusual combinations, for instance with very spicy ethnic dishes such as the Chinese and Indian as well as with the Japanese sushi that has by now become standard fare.
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