Chianti is a dry red wine, made from the Sangiovese grape, that only improves when consumed with food.
It can range from light to full-bodied and displays aromas and flavors of cherry, often roses and violets mingle with fairly high acidity.
Italian foods (need we say more?), beef, chicken, tomato-based sauces over noodles.
This is a wine that is made for aging and will typically mature between year 5 and 10. For around $10 a pop you can enjoy a delightful Chianti, add another $10 and you'll be well on your way to experiencing a quality Chianti Classico.