Melini has had over three hundred years to perfect Italy’s Chianti. This single-vineyard wine is über dry and medium-bodied with dusty cherry, strong brewed tea, ripe plum, earthy mushroomy-ness and plenty of acidity. Definitely traditional in style, but tomato-based food brings out the fruit.3.5 stars out of 5. Sweetness=1 out of 10 (dry to sweet). $17
Taylor is a self-proclaimed Southern foodie, turned Californian food, wine, and gardening hipster.