classico

Pronunciation: [KLA-sih-koh; KLAH-see-koh]

Italian for "classic," used in the wine world to describe the wines from a wine-growing territory (usually the oldest in terms of grape cultivation and wine production) within a larger geographic region defined by the Italian classification system (see appellation) known as DOC. One of the better known examples is Chianti Classico.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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