This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

Leonardo Chianti Fiasco

The Academy Awards, a.k.a. the Oscars, is on Sunday and we are BIG Leo fans. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Don’t Look Up, one of our faves from last year. He has style, class and taste, just like another Leonardo we know from Italy: the Leonardo Chianti in the classic ‘Fiasco’ straw bottle. It will be the perfect match for the awards and all the salty, savoury snacks we have planned while cheering on the other Leo’s movie!

Tasting Notes: Leonardo Chianti uses Sangiovese and a splash of other local reds to create a lightly coloured, juicy wine. A pungent nose of red berries, clove and violets is followed by flavours of tart cherry, strawberry, earth and spice.

Enjoy With: Charcuterie and hard cheeses, salty popcorn, or chips and salsa for snacking. If you want dinner with Leo before the ceremony begins, try it with pizza or pasta, barbecue chicken or grilled red meats.

Style: A dry, medium-bodied red wine showing a lively blend of fruit and spice.

Terroir/Region: This bottling of Leonardo Chianti uses the classic ‘Fiasco’ bottle, a traditional style for the region with a rounded bottom, making it much easier for glass blowers to make. The rounded bottom of the bottle is made table-ready by adding a basket of straw to stabilize it, keeping the wine in the bottle instead of on your table, your lap, or the floor.

Producer: The Leonardo da Vinci winery was opened by 30 small producers in the early 1960s and since that time, it has expanded throughout the region while continuing to focus on the Sangiovese grape. The growers contributing to Leonardo da Vinci (now over 200) share their knowledge openly and assist one another to achieve best practices and unlock the potential of each of their vineyards.

Availability: Leonardo Chianti Fiasco is available in the Italy section of your local LCBO and is $2.00 off until March 27. Stock up on Leo now to last all awards season!

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Price: $16.05  Now: $14.05; Save $2.00 until March 27, 2022

LCBO #: 372391

Size: 750 mL

Alcohol Content: 13.0% alc./vol.