Seasons make me so happy, and fall is one of my favorites. We don’t get much of a “traditional” autumn in Los Angeles, but I still like to keep it festive as much as possible. Doug and I just visited Knott’s Scary Farm this weekend and kicked off the spooky season in the best way! I love Halloween and can’t wait for all of the festivities (read about how to host a spooky girls night in here).
To celebrate the beginning of Fall, I’m swapping out my wedges for snakeskin booties, and my Vinho Verde for Chianti Classico! Keep scrolling to read all about the oldest wine region in Italy and get sizing details for my outfit.
The Chianti Classico wine region is probably my favorite in the world! Chianti Classico was the first-ever wine region established in Italy, and centuries later is still considered to produce some of the most exceptional wines in the country.
The first vineyard I ever visited was in the Chianti region (different from Chianti Classico) while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I quickly fell in love and have been a huge fan of Italian wines ever since. Last year when I traveled to Tuscany, Doug and I visited several wineries in the Chianti Classico region and learned so much about these bold, fruity, acidic, “wild” wines that are made from a minimum of 80% Sangiovese grapes.
Chianti Classico wines are characterized by bright red fruits like sour cherry and strawberry, dark fruits like blackberry, minerality from the limestone and clay terroir (the soil where the grapes grow), spices like black pepper, and vanilla and oak when aged. They are typically very bright and acidic with heavy tannins (or grit) which is why these wines must be a compliment of the food.
I learned that in Italy, they don’t drink to drink, they drink to eat. To drink they have a beer, martini, etc. That’s also why the wine is never too toasted (oak, vanilla, etc.) because it would overpower the taste of the food- usually red sauce dishes. If you try a Chianti Classico, please keep this in mind and make sure to enjoy with a delicious Italian meal!
Look for these three things to determine if a wine is classified as Chianti Classico:
1. It must say “Chianti Classico” on the bottle 🍷
2. It must have the Gallo Nero (black rooster) on the bottle🐓
3. It must have the DOCG stamp on the bottle✍🏽
If a wine has met these qualifications, you can pretty much guarantee that it will be delicious and high quality. I got the bottle featured in today’s post for under $20 at Whole Foods and was instantly transported back to Italy with one sip! You can find these wines (and Super Tuscans) anywhere from $15 to $100+.
Have you ever been to the Chianti Classico region in Italy? If not, book your flight to Florence, pack your bags (and make sure to use my Italy packing list), and reserve your tour with Tuscan Wine Tours! You won’t regret it!
Fall Outfit Idea: High Waisted Denim Skirt, Balloon Sleeve Top, Snakeskin Booties & Belt
My fall outfit with snakeskin accents is perfect for October before the temps start to drop! Earlier this year I wrote a piece about fashion trends to look out for in 2019 and snakeskin was one of them. The ivory snakeskin belt is such an easy way to incorporate this trend into your fall wardrobe. Try it with a high waisted skirt, jeans, or to cinch a coat or dress. The snakeskin booties are a bit bolder, but can easily pair with any neutrals or bright colors like my red balloon sleeve top!
PS- you can get an insane deal (think $10 total) on these booties by using my link!
Thank you so much for reading and sharing!