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Hannibal & A Nice Chianti


Hannibal first aired in 2013 and to this day I'm shocked that it ever made it onto network TV. The show is probably the most macabre thing to ever grace the small screen. How did it get past NBC's network executives? It makes no sense.


Well, we're all lucky that it did. It's a hell of a show.


Based on the Hannibal Lecter book series by Thomas Harris, the show focuses on the twisted relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a brilliant psychiatrist... that's also secretly a cannibal and serial killer. As they work together to solve some truly gruesome murders, Will finds himself drawn to Hannibal and less and less able to resist his own dark impulses. Thanks to series creator Bryan Fuller, the series' chilling atmosphere and stunning visuals make it look and feel like a bad dream... but in a good way.


I suggest a Tuscan Chianti Classico, like Fontodi's 2019. A bold and rich red produced from the Sangiovese grape, its complexity mirrors the show's exploration of the human mind. Meanwhile, its elegant and refined character mimics title character Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Deep, ruby-red, the wine's aroma carries notes of red cherries, plums, and violets. You'll also find earthy hints of leather and tobacco for the darkness that blossoms within Will.


I'd say a Tuscan Chianti Classico goes well with the book series and with Silence of the Lambs too.


In all likelihood, you'll get hungry after each episode. Don't feel bad, that's what the evil geniuses in the writers room and on the sets were going for each time they showed you the food. It's on them. Have some fava beans.




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