The count down to the Royal Wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is on.
The media has been digging up all kinds of things about Markle. Some of it isn’t even news worthy. The one Markle fact that I care about is her love of red wine. I would totally love to kick back with Meghan and have a glass of red wine while we talk about tiaras and she slides me the secret to her roast chicken recipe.
“The Tig” was the name of Markle’s lifestyle site that was named after Tignanello, a full-bodied red wine from Italy. Long story short, it’s a wine from Tuscany that is a part of what is called the Super Tuscan revolution which took place in the 1970’s. The red blend is a combo of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc produced in the Chianti Classico region.
This would suggest that Markle has a sophisticated palate. She is prepared for all of the fancy meals at the palace. Not to mention the food she will share with Prince Harry as they travel the world together.
A bottle of Tignanello can run you around $80 to $150 bucks. However, there are Tuscan wines up to par that are more affordable. The following is a list of wines that I like to think of as “royal reds”. Five wines from Tuscany that I think Markle would totally give a thumbs up.
I will be popping open a bottle to watch the nuptials. How about you? A bold Italian red is perfect to sip during fairytale weddings or when hanging out with your prince or princess. Cin cin!
Luce Della Vite Toscana 2014 ($100)
This unique wine is produced by Frescabaldi Estates in Montalcino. It’s the first wine from that area made with 60% Sangiovese and 40% Merlot. Montalcino is a highly regarded wine producing commune known for fabulous red wines.
The Luce is an elegant blend that has aromas of cherries, blackberries, leather, and coffee. Doesn’t that sound nice? Pair with a cheese plate or your exquisite meal. It’s perfect for when you want to feel royal AF.
Luce della Vite Lucente Toscana 2015 ($27)
It’s the second wine from the Luca Della Vite estate also produced in Montalcino. It’s a bit younger than the Luce. A full-bodied blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Sangiovese, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon that’s packed with fruity aromas. Great with cured meat and cheese. Think of it as a bold and sexy red. It would pair wonderfully with a romantic night.
Roxanne Rosso Toscana 2016 ($20)
This Super Tuscan wine is produced on Sting and Trudie Styler’s Chianti estate called II Palagio. Who knew they had wine, right?! Roxanne is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot, 10% Syrah. It’s the kind of red that goes great with a steak or pasta dish. A truffle cheese would always be a good pairing. If you can’t make it to II Palagio, let it come to you in this bottle of red.
La Mannella Brunello di Montalcino 2012 ($80)
While this wine isn’t considered a Super Tuscan wine, it’s produced in Tuscany. It is made with 100% Sangiovese grapes. In fact, Brunello is the local nickname for the Sangiovese grape. This bold wine is great with beef, lamb, and hearty red sauce dishes. When you want to feel fancy, this is a where it’s at.
Cecchi La Mora Maremma Toscana 2015 ($14)
A fabulous wine for every occasion that’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Aromas that will hit your nose are cherries, spice, chocolate with a touch of floral. This one would be perfect with roast chicken and garlic mashed potatoes. A good one for when you want to have a glass of vino after a long day.