Most people who even remotely considered themselves "connoisseurs" have already explored these wines themselves and know that there is so much more to Chianti then it's bad reputation of the 1950's and 1960's.
Without having the strict regulations of the DOC to follow, vintners began a mass production of Chianti to be exported around the world, which sullied the good reputation it had built over centuries.
Explore Chianti wine proudly (minus the straw covered bottle, because although it's still produced, the wine is still dull and a bit lifeless), despite what any wine snob's opinion is on the wine.
Along with Chianti, Italian winemakers produce red and white wines throughout the country, with major wine regions in Piedmont, Tuscany, Lombardy, Umbria, Vento, Emilia Romagna, and Alto-Adige.
Sangiovese: This grape is one of the most famous in Italy and is the varietal of choice for many Tuscan wines including, Chianti, Rosso di Montepulciano and several more.
Some of my favorite picnics have been on cross-country skiing jaunts with friends into the snowy woods, sharing sandwiches and passing the bota bag of Chianti around.
In central Italy the best growths are those of Chianti, Pomino, Montalcino, Carmignano and Montepulciano.
The wines of Chianti, near Siena, are often described as being of the claret type, but actually they are somewhat similar to the growths of Beaujolais.
Riesling, Hermitage, Sauternes, Chianti, &c., in accordance with the district of origin of the vine.
Wheat, maize, wine (especially the red wine which takes the name of Chianti from the district S.S.W.