Wine for your Weekend: Italian Anniversary Edition

This weekend is our five year anniversary.

It’s a weird time for celebrations.

Restaurants are open, kind of, but we haven’t been out in months, and it feels weird to start now.

We had, once upon a time, planned on going back to the resort on the North Shore where we went for our honeymoon, but that was before the pandemic set in.

The gift “theme” for the five year anniversary is wood, which at the end of wrapping up our house project, also seems to lack a little luster at this point.

Ultimately, we’ve decided to drive to the quartz showroom in the Cities to pick our kitchen countertops, stop at Josh’s favorite gluten free bakery for donuts, and make dinner at home…probably something with seafood and Italian wine that harkens back to our first anniversary on the Mediterranean coast.

So for this weekend recommendation Da Vinci 2018 Chianti an Italian import suitable for all your pasta dishes, charcuterie boards, and seafood spreads.

Chianti is probably one of the most well known wine growing regions in all of Italy. Even if you’re not a wine drinker, you’d probably recognized its image in artwork and prints of Tuscan picnics with rounded wine bottles nestled into straw baskets.

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That’s Chianti.

Consequently, at a wine tasting dinner in Rome on that same anniversary trip, the sommelier suggested any wine sold to you in a basket (Chianti or otherwise) was absolute garbage!

Da Vinci Chianti

For the record, this Chianti does not come in a basket.

Made from the Sangiovese grape, Da Vinci Chianti is medium bodied, with fruit flavors like strawberries and plum that are slightly tart, and yet still help to balance the tannins and acidity. The wine is really tight when first opened, so decanting is highly recommended. 30 minutes did wonders to bring all the flavors to the forefront.

Available at Sam’s Club, Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Total Wine and Spirits, it’s widely distributed and at a relatively good price point for imported Chianti ($8-$12 depending on where you buy).

Chianti is less full bodied than some of its red wine counterparts, and therefore pairs well with light red meat dishes (like veal), hearty seafood dishes (like paella), and tomato based pasta dishes.


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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