This is another favorite of the hubby’s from his days at an Italian restaurant. Maybe you’ve heard of it already. Ruffino is a well known Italian winemaker, and their Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva sets the standard for everyday Italian reds, specifically Chiantis. If you’ve yet to try this grocery store gem, rest assured that like all of my other wine picks, you can usually find it for under $15.
As a classic example of an Italian red, Ruffino Riserva Ducale is rich and earthy. You’ll taste smooth Oak (it’s aged for 24 months), supple leather, and fall leaves. Don’t believe that these could be good things to have in your glass? Just trust me and give it a try. Ripe cherries and dried fruits like figs add brightness and balance. It will definitely have a different profile than your usual California red (see last week’s “lesson” on Old Word vs. New), but simply put, this is a great introduction to Italian wines.
The weekend is just about here, and if you even need an excuse to pick up a bottle of wine, you can always say that you are broadening your horizons and going global. I’ll toast to that!