Originally from the Chianti region of Italy, these wines were first made in ball-shaped squat bottles and wrapped with a “fiasco“. The fiasco is a tight straw basket that gives styling and protection to the bottle (and sometimes a handle or string to carry). You can still find Chianti wines in these bottle styles today, but most makers have switched to standard shapes. Chianti wines are very popular in their home country of Italy, in Europe, and in North America. In the US many restaurants, especially Italian restaurants and restaurant chains, carry Chianti house wines. In certain cases it’s the only wine you’ll find on the menu. Like most wines Chianti’s can come in affordable versions, or more premium categories labeled as Classico, Riserva or Superiore….