For the month of January, we present three wine classes on California, Tuscany, and Champagne, during which we celebrate these popular wine producing regions with a tasting and class on 8 wines in the mid-tier price point of $30-$70. The idea of this class series is to introduce you to a selection of higher priced wines that represent the perfect integration of aroma, palate, and overall profile, demonstrating the depth and immense complexity wine offers.
Italian wines are some of the most famous in the world, and Tuscan wines include some of the best wines in Italy. The aim of this class is to provide a guide to Tuscan wines. Most of the wine produced in Tuscany is red wine, made above all from the Sangiovese grape. The best-known name is undoubtedly Chianti, but this is only one of the many types of wine produced in the region of Tuscany and there are actually 8 different areas of Chianti itself. But Tuscan wine is not about Chianti alone. Far from it.
The letters DOC or DOCG on an Italian wine label mean Denominazione di Origine Controllata, and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, the latter superior to the first. They refer to government guarantees of the wines’ origins. About 300 wine growing regions in Italy have the DOC designation, while only 21 have a DOCG label. The DOCG wines conform to DOC laws and in addition are quality tested by government-appointed inspectors. However, this doesn’t mean that non-DOC wines are bad. On the contrary, some wine makers have broken away from the DOC restrictions to experiment with blends of grape varieties. These ‘new’and often very expensive wines in Tuscany have become known as “Super-Tuscans” even though they only bear a Vino da Tavola (table wine) label.