US: Gallo takes Tuscan approach
Wine giant E&J Gallo is rolling out four Tuscan wines this summer under its new Da Vinci label, adding to a line-up of Italian imports that already includes Ecco Domani and Bella Sera.
Two of the wines, the Chianti Classico and Chianti Riserva, are 100% Sangiovese. The Chianti DOCG is a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah grapes, while Gallo's S.to Ippolito is a Merlot-Sangiovese blend.
The wines became available in May and will be distributed nationwide, with an emphasis on fine wine shops and restaurants, spokesman Carmen Castorina said.
"It's an opportunity to fill a gap and have a quality producer from that region," Castorina said.
Gallo buys the wines from Cantine Leonardo da Vinci, an association that sources grapes from nearly 200 vineyards and operates a winery in Vinci.
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