with 13.5% alcohol, costing under $19, and scoring a good 15+ points on the Dionysian scale of 20, the 2013 Baldassarre Toscana is a good dinner red. Orange-amber on the edge at 7 years old, the wine is very much like a Chianti but in mot make within any Chianti zone.

It’s an IGT wine, not the higher ranked DOC or even higher DOCG. But, that has a lot to do with location and wines like this are exceptional buys. It was perfect with a pizza and made the onion-pepperoni pizza an exciting tasting event.

The wine’s grapes are from Tuscany, thus the name, and it has another eight to ten years of high quality life. In Vino Veritas.