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Today I am stopping into one of my favorite Italian Restaurants in the West Village, Via Carota. I love grabbing a glass of wine at this super chic neighborhood spot. The restaurant has a rustic old-world Italian vibe with wooden floors and wine bottles scattered throughout. I've eaten dinner here a few times, but it is also a great place to grab a few drinks and some appetizers. During this visit I sampled the Chianti Classico, Monteraponi 2012 Toscana wine. It was super light and a perfect red to sample on a chilly winter day. We tucked into a corner of the restaurant by the windows and people watched while we sampled some NY State and Vermont Cheeses. The perfect way to spend a happy hour! Since the vibe of the restaurant is fairly casual, I paired a simple white t-shirt with this gold bomber from Club Monaco. These high waisted Mother jeans and classic pumps complete the look!
What The Experts Say:
Chianti Classico is the heartland of the Chianti wine region – its traditional and longest-established viticultural area. The term classico is used in this way in several Italian wine regions, although Chianti is the most famous example. This Monteraponi has a transparent bright ruby color with savory aromas of sour cherries, black tea, sage, tobacco and a whiff of horse stable. Fairly slender on the palate, ripe but not extracted, it has a smooth texture but slightly bitter tannins on the finish.
What I Say:
This Chianti is very light for a medium-bodied wine. Like most Chianti's I found it be slightly dry with mild fruit tones and a little bit of a spicy aftertaste. This will pair universally with most Italian cheeses and could be served as a table wine at your next dinner party! Very enjoyable!
Photography by Christina Emilie