Vino e Cucina d'Italia

White Sangiovese - it does exist

Ever heard of a white Sangiovese? Sangiovese is a red wine grape, but Neil Duarte found a small winery near Siena making a white wine from this iconic red grape. And, he reports, a very excellent white wine it is. Here's his report.

Lamole di Lamole

Lamole di Lamole 2009 Chianti Classico ($15.99)

Dark ruby with a clear bronze edge. Black cherries and earth, becomes a little more black-fruit focused with time in the glass. Mouth-filling, tart and dry, good black fruit and dried fruit and spice, benchmark Chianti Classico with ample, food-friendly acidity and substantial tannins; its claimed 13.5% alcohol is appropriate to the style. Good Sangiovese-based Tuscan red, shows its best with food.

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Wines for the Turkey

No meal is more challenging to the wine lover than the festive holiday dinner. "You are not only confronted with a panoply of flavors but with people, young and old, who may or may not like wine, white or red," writes Richard Fadeley. He set his his tasting panel to plow through a raft of wines to pick out the best. Here's his report.