Were Crazy for Chianti! Yes, this very well known Italian wine is something this Somm is crazy about, then again its just because I love Italian wines and Sangiovese grapes.


Banfi is putting on another campaign for us to enjoy some Chianti where you can pair a Bolla Chianti, Banfi Chianti Classico, and Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva with some Grilled Cheese. The two pair very well, if paired correctly and you can enjoy a night of creativity with wine.


IMG_7301The Bolla Chianti I enjoyed with this Bacon Lover’s Grilled Cheese. Toasted Brioche Bun topped with Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, and Crispy Onions. Spread on a Bacon Tomato Jam and you’re set for one incredible pairing!

With the Banfi Chianti Classico, I love a nice berry like grilled cheese; something nice and fruit forward like the wine. Grilled Sourdough Bread topped with Brie Cheese, Fried Cinnamon Apples, and Cranberry Licorice Sauce. The berry, sweet, and savory flavors in the grilled cheese pair beautifully with this wine and just scream fall.

IMG_7303For those of you who choose the Riserva, I suggest something fun with a little heat. Grilled Sourdough with Manchego Cheese, Chorizo, and Caramelized Onions is one great sandwich to pair with this one. The heat from the Chorizo creates a nice balance with the wine, bringing out all those nice leather and plum notes.

What’s in it for you? Besides a night filled with great food and wine? Well, if you get really creative and make a spectacular grilled cheese, you have the chance to win $2,500 bucks! Just think of all the wine that could buy!

Feel free to try your own pairing and to enter the online contest. It’s simple: (1) build a “virtual” grilled cheese sandwich with your choice of ingredients, (2) share the recipe with your friends, and (3) potentially win $2,500. The contest runs through October. #crazyforchianti

Please pair responsibly, and always remember to eat what you like and drink what you love…