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15056486_10153931509666771_7834045364659187397_nThe gastronomic enter of Florence hosted a crowd ready to toast the 300th anniversary of the crowning of Chianti Classico wine by Cosimo de’ Medici lll.

His 1716 edict outlined the area for the production of our famous high quality nectar. The pairing of one of the most beloved wines of Italy and the gourmet street food of the Mercato Centrale was a success: 32 producers of Gallo Nero Chianti served 4.000 tastes to the public, which crowded the first floor of the historic Florentine market.

Andrea Gori of “God save the Wine”, guided the event with 30 minutes courses on how to approach a glass of Chianti Classico and how to match it to traditional Tuscan dishes.

Chianti area cooks explained the origin of these dishes during two cooking shows, describing Tuscan favorites like ribollita and chicken livers. A seminar on “I territori del Chianti Classico”, with a voyage among the hills of Chianti, was led by Andrea Gori.

Umberto Montano began the event by remembering the artistic value of the food/wine experience and its creativity. The cultural value of food/wine was also underlined by Santino Cannamela, President of the Biennial  “Food and wine” of Florence, whose fifth edition was inaugurated on November 10.

Cannamela affirmed that “an oenological reality like Gallo Nero not only exports a product of great quality but also of cultural value. This is beneficial not only for the wine sector but also for the country”.

Gianluca Bettarini, assessor for Economic and Tourist development wished Gallo Nero a happy anniversary, citing its uniqueness, which, according to him should be promoted by the city of Florence: “In fact, the capital is a place to live and to taste in order to fully understand the uniqueness of our product”.

The director general of the Consortium for Chianti Classico, Giuseppe Liberatore, closed with the affirmation that “The excellence of Gallo Nero doesn’t have only historic motivations, but is fruit of a continuous dynamic, which during the last 20 years has brought to the selection of the best clones of Sangiovese and the introduction of a new typology in 2013, the Gran Selezione”.

Today the process continues, and shortly, it will become part of the “Menzioni Geografiche Aggiuntive”, further distinguishing the various areas of Chianti Classico.