In episode 7 of Inside Wine Podcast, you get the complete lowdown on Tuscan wines from Giovanni Folonari, whose family has been making wine in Tuscany for over 100 years — so, you can trust that Giovanni knows what he’s talking about when it comes to the wines of the Chianti region, Bolgheri, Montalcino (Brunello) and other Tuscan wines.

If you are completely flummoxed by Italian wines, or have an interest specifically in Tuscan wines and want to learn a little more, then this is the episode for you. Some of the topics covered in this episode include:

  • Understanding the differences between Chianti, Chianti Classico, and Chianti Classico Riserva, so you know which ones to choose based on your budget and what you’re having for dinner
  • An explanation of Gran Selezione — yet another classification of Chianti! Giovanni shares his unabashed opinion of this new designation
  • A quick primer on Super Tuscan wines — their history, what the term means, and why it can be confusing (or misleading)
  • Brief overview on recent vintages in Tuscany. Which were great, which were good, and the ones you need to be careful about
  • How to choose Tuscan wines regardless of vintage
  • What makes wine from Bolgheri so special (in case you didn’t know Bolgheri was special)
  • Giovanni’s dead-simple advice on wine and food pairing

To learn more about Giovanni, you can visit the A&G Folonari website.

These are the wines mentioned during the episode:

Campo al Mare Bolgheri Rosso DOC > (buy it here)
Tenuta di Nozzole “Villa Nozzole” Chianti Classico DOCG >(buy it here)
Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG > (buy it here)
Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG > (buy it here)
Tenuta di Nozzole Il Pareto > (buy it here)
Tenuta La Fuga Brunello di Montalcino DOCG > (buy it here)
Tenute del Cabreo “Il Borgo” IGT > (buy it here)

Have a question or an idea for an upcoming episode? Post it in the comments below or send me an email — ask at wine365 dot com.

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Founder of popular wine blogs Wine Dictator and Wine Weekly and host of Inside Wine Podcast, Joe's career in the wine industry spans four decades. He is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and holds Level 2 certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET).

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