Chianti: when the headline's in need of revision
"Can Chianti Shed Its Dusty, Banal Image?" asserts the title. Last time I checked, banal meant "so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring."
If you're drinking Chianti, and that's what comes to mind; stop.
Stop drinking because you've got the wrong bottle. Drink something else instead.
Don't let yourself become unhinged by an inferior Chianti.
Because Chianti is one of Italy's top red wines. And if you've got a glass of the good stuff in front of you, banal isn't the word that's going to spring to mind.
The article's comment that Chianti is "cheerful, simple and easy to drink" is another throwaway that misses the mark by a country mile.
Yes, a mass-produced sub-£10 Chianti is often that (with some exceptions even at that everyday price).
But try some of the legions of committed, fastidious and proud Chianti producers and all three categories will dissolve in an instant.
I even had to check the date of the piece; it read like something from the '60s.
Chianti is an evergreen choice for wine drinking. Don't let the naysayers tell you otherwise.