No Chianti This Year Because of Monsoon

The year 1992 looked good in the Chianti wine country--until torrential rains began Sept. 5 and continued six weeks without much letup. Only a small percentage of the grapes could be harvested, and not all of them proved usable, owing to rot. As a measure of the disaster, the famous wine house Tenute Marchesi Antinori isn't selling a single Chianti of that year. The only 1992 red wine released from Antinori's Chianti property will be the modestly priced Santa Cristina, a vina da tavola that is made just like Chianti but sells for $7 or less.

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