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CARPE TRAVEL WINE 101:
GET TO KNOW THE GRAPES

Getting to know
Sangiovese wine

Sangiovese (san – ja-vay-zay) is a medium-bodied red wine with adaptability to nearly any environment. Predominantly found in Italy, it is known for its savory flavors. 

what to know about the sangiovese grape

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FUN FACT

The Sangiovese grape is also known as Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Prugnolo Gentile, Sangiovese Grosso, Brunello di Montalcino, Nielluccio, Rosso di Montepulciano, Morellino, Rosso di Montalcino, Montefalco Rosso, Chianti, and Morellino di Scansano. 

Sangiovese wines offer a range of tastes from earthy and rustic to round, fruit-forward styles.

Regardless of where it’s grown, it consistently exhibits cherry flavors with subtle notes of tomato. The grape is found all over Italy with a myriad of  tasting styles.

From the delicate floral strawberry aromas of Montefalco Rosso from Umbria to the concentrated tannic wines of Tuscany’s famed Brunello di Montalcino, Sangiovese is a true crowd pleaser. 

Dominant flavors include red currant, bing cherry, strawberry, sun dried tomatoes, toasted tomatoes, raspberry, plum, mocha, clove, cinnamon, leather, and clay soil.

The distinct styles of Sangiovese wine

Sangiovese wine offers a gorgeous balance of  fruit and earth components. Many winemakers debate the better style, but each style offers its own distinct characteristics.

FRUIT-FORWARD SANGIOVESE

A classic example of a fruit-forward Sangiovese: clove-spice, cinnamon, and cherries; less aggressive and has a silkier sensation. Look for New World styles.

RUSTIC & TRADITIONAL SANGIOVESE

Traditional grape production maintains its herbal flavors and high acidity. Grippy tannins (mouth texture) are highlighted with dark chocolate, mocha, and smoky flavors. Hints of herbal on the finish make this a savory and food-friendly wine.

How to Enjoy Sangiovese Wine

Sangiovese Wine Pairing

The best Sangiovese pairing ideas includes roasted and gamey meats, cured sausage, grilled pork, BBQ, herbal stuffed chicken, chicken Parmesan, and hard cheeses.

Practical Tips for Drinking Sangiovese Wine

Glassware: Standard red or tulip-shaped wine glass. 

Shelf life: About 5 years, but top expressions from places like Brunello di Montalcino age for decades.

Bottle prices: Average cost is about $20, but top Chianti styles and Brunello di Montalcino can be very expensive. 

When is the Right Mood for Sangiovese Wine?

Pasta Night

Pizza Night

Wine & Cheese

PartyChess
Night

Progressive
Dinner

Pre-Dinner
Drinks

Italian Night

Mindless
Television

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SANGIOVESE WINE RECOMMENDATIONS

Looking for recommendations on Sangiovese wines?

Maia Parish

Carpe Travel collaborated with Maia Parish to compile the grape varietal overviews. Maia Parish is an award-winning events producer, sommelier, wine judge, and media consultant. She lives in Denver, Colorado and likes to eat copious amounts of food. You can find her here www.linktr.ee/thewinemistress.