Dracaena WinesWelcome to our latest installment of #WinephabetStreet. In this series,Debbie Gioquindo and I will be working our way through the wine world by way of the alphabet. Each month we will take the next letter in the alphabet and learn the characteristics and history of the grape, as well as suggested wine pairings. So uncork, unscrew or saber that bottle and connect with us as we chat, laugh and drink wine all in a laid back atmosphere.

S is for Sangiovese

Sangiovese is a thin-skinned, late ripening, rather finicky grape. While you can find Sangiovese throughout all of Italy, it is grows most abundantly and is most well-known in Central Italy, specifically the Mediterranean region of Tuscany. It is often harvested beyond mid-October.

This late harvesting provides a rich, alcoholic and long-lived wine in hot years, but can create problems of high acidity and hard tannins in cool years. When the vine is allowed to overproduced the wine’s acidity is accentuated and the color is lightened, which can oxidize and start to brown at a young age.  Since it is thin-skinned it is susceptible to rot in cool and damp years which since it hangs late, could pose a problem in areas that have rainy Octobers.

In My Glass

Variety is the spice of life and we have loads of options for you to choose from in order to listen. Ready to listen now? Just click the play button.

Can’t listen right now, no problem, click the title link and you will be brought to our homepage where you’ll have the option to download the podcast.

Ep. 90 Welcome to Winephabet Street; S is for Sangiovese

Don’t have time right now or prefer to listen on the run? We are on iTunes, Google Play Music, Spotify, RSS Radio, Overcast, Pocket Cast, TuneIn and Stitcher. We’d appreciate you clicking the subscribe button on your favorite podcast app and please take a minute to review us. Each review will help others to find us!

Podcasting not really your thing? No problem, You can watch a replay of  the live stream video on our YouTube channel or right here. I hope you enjoy!  

Our next episode of Winephabet Street will air on Monday, February 18th at 8pm EST. You can sign up for a reminder here. The letter of the day will be T and it stands for Tannat. And don’t forget to head to our Winephabet Street website to find out more.


Past episodes:

A is for Albariño video   and podcast

B is for Beaujolais video and podcast

C is for Carménère video  (we had some audio difficulty) and podcast

D is for Dolcetto video and podcast

E is for Etna video and podcast

F is for Furmint video and podcast

G is Gruner Veltliner video and podcast

H is for Horse Heaven Hills video and podcast

I is for Itata video and podcast

J is for Jacquere video and podcast

K is for Kabinett video and podcast

L is for Lambrusco video and podcast

M is for Mencia video and podcast

N is for Negroamaro video and podcast

O is for Orvieto video and podcast

P is for Picpoul video and podcast

Q is for Quarts de Chaume video and podcast

R is for Roussanne video and podcast

Dracaena Wines now has  a Wine Club! We named it the CHALK CLUB. Draco is on our label, but Vegas was getting a little jealous.  So we decided he deserved to be club spokesdog. In Las Vegas, betting CHALK means you are betting on all the favorites. We are betting that we are one of your favorite wineries, so we thought the name was apropos.  The club is simple yet a bit different than most. When you wager on us, we will ship you three bottles of wine twice a year; once in April and once in September. You can choose all red or a mix of red and rose’. You immediately receive 15% off ALL your wine purchases but what makes our club stand out is a progressive discount.  Let your club membership ride into the next year, your discount increases. Each year you parlay your membership, you receive an additional 5% off up to a plan maximum of 25%. Your club shipments are discounted. Flat $15 shipping PLUS we’ll cover your club shipping cost for your second shipment. That is $15 house money in a sure bet for you! So please head to our website; www.dracaenawines.com/chalk-club to find out all of the benefits of joining the CHALK CLUB and to sign up. We’ve stacked the odds so that you can get our award winning wines without breaking the bank.


Similar Posts


  1. Sangiovese is probably my go to grape. I love that it’s acidity makes it the perfect food wine especially for dishes with a tomato base.

    It’s a happy thing for me that Sanigiovese is being grown all throughout California and even in Walla Walla!

    My favorite American Sangiovese is made by two producers. Luna Vineyards in Napa and Robert Renzoni in Temecula. Both make exceptional examples of the grape.

    Great topic!

    1. I have had Luna, but never Renzoni. You will have to show me when we get there in the summer! (yep- still trying to get you to go with me!) I really do enjoy it also. Perfect for me since I practically live on pasta! The Reserva I had for the episode was stellar! I ran back and got more!

  2. Hi, Lori, great topic. I think a can discuss Sangiovese all the time – so many styles and history etc.
    It’s been a while by the way – I was briefly in China, no serious (Chinese) wines this time though.
    But internet troubles are very serious there.


    1. Wow! China! you do travel a lot, don’t you! That’s great. Thanks for reading. I also love Sangiovese- so many expressions.

    1. agree! It has so much variety it is like experiencing something new/different every time! And so much to offer.

Leave a Reply