2009 Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy)
This isn't the cheeky, straw-covered bottle of Chianti your grandma uses as a candle-holder. This is the real deal: Chianti Classico from the heart of the original Chianti area in Tuscany. Anytime you see Chianti on a label, it tells you that the wine came from this specific area and is made from mostly the Sangiovese grape. In Fèlsina's case, it's 100% Sangiovese, a grape that's tangy and packs a punch, with sour cherry and oregano flavors and big acid and big tannins — begging for bold dishes, like spaghetti with meatballs, bella!
Drink with friends and: spaghetti with meatballs
Average retail price: $22