Wine of the Week: 2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico

A remembrance of things past: a beautifully balanced Chianti Classico from the Fontodi estate in Panzano in Chianti, Italy. Tasting of black cherries, a little tobacco and cloves, this is an elegant, understated Chianti as it used to be made, a wine that anybody can appreciate. The texture is supple, the tannins soft and lush. And one sip leads to another. And another.

Chianti Classico is a tremendously versatile food wine. Drink it with bean soups, pasta dishes, grilled chicken or chops, pretty much anything except maybe seafood.


— S. Irene Virbila

Region: Tuscany

Price: About $28

Style: Lush and easy to drink

What it goes with: bean and vegetable soups, pasta, grilled birds

Where to find it: Bristol Farms stores; Domaine LA in

Los Angeles

, (323) 932-0280; Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463,

; K&L Wine Merchants in


, (323) 464-9463,


Larchmont Village

Wine, Spirits & Cheese in Los Angeles, (323) 856-8699;


Fine Wines in Manhattan Beach, (310) 374-3454,

; Wally's Wine & Spirits in

West Los Angeles

, (310) 475-0606,

; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 76WINEX,

; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731,