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The Sangiovese grape, according to Italian growing standards, is the dominant grape in all Chianti wines. The Sangiovese grape is the most popularly planted grape in Italy. I like to think of it as the ultimate table wine, because the mildness of the Sangiovese grape makes it a crowd pleaser. Most Sangioveses have medium alcohol levels, medium to high tannins, and high acidity. The acidity makes them pair really well with the acidity of tomato-based dishes. Sangioveses tend to have medium fruit levels as well. Think of them as an overall “medium” wine: if it had a personality, it would be level-headed and easy-going.