Before meeting Harry and becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Megan Markle once had a lifestyle blog called the Tig (foodie bloggers unite!). Even though The Tig is no longer accessible, what we do know about The Tig is that it is named after Megan’s favorite bottle of red, Tignanello wine.
While Tignanello is pronounced “teen-yah-neh-lo” in true Italian form, the bartender who served it to her kept it simple and called it “Tig.” She states that at that time, she had minimal wine knowledge, but after taking a sip of this wine, she at once understood what people meant by the “body, legs, structure of wine.” To her, it was an “ah-ha moment at its finest.” From then on, she described a moment of new awareness or new discovery as a “Tig” moment, or “a moment of getting it.”
It inspired a new way of thinking for her, and became the namesake of her lifestyle blog, The Tig. Megan described The Tig as being a “hub for the discerning palate — those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion & beauty.” It was full of Tig moments in her life: seeing fashion as art, understanding travel as adventure, discovery, culture, and surprise, developing a deep appreciation for cooking and dining, cultivating inspirational friendships, and having “an understanding that comes with living your life to the fullest so that it bursts at the seams. An unbridled joy. An insatiable curiosity.”
As you can guess, Megan spent a month in Italy after reading Eat, Pray, Love. She was probably able to have some of this inspiring wine while traveling through Tuscany. It’s pricey but not an exorbitant bottle of wine, around $100 – $130 dollars, made by the Italian winery Antinori. First released in 1971, Tignanello red wine is a blend composed of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc. It’s the original “Super Tuscan” wine, meaning that it’s a blend of grapes that are not all from Italy. It was among the first red wines in Chianti made without white grapes, and it was the first Sangiovese-based wine aged in small oak barrels. It’s bright ruby red in color, with acidic and herbal qualities, and a flavor profile including red fruit like cherries, blackberries, and wild berries, spice, dried flowers, and notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, and tobacco.
I don’t know much about wine, but I do know that her blog is an inspiration for my own. Like her, I have an appreciation for food and dining, travel, and life’s little wonders all in the same light, although I’d be hard pressed to express it as eloquently as she has. Even though I can no longer read through her blog while casually sipping on my Tig wine, I can still read through some old preserved posts on The Wayback Machine. The good news is that The Tig may be in for a revival, as Megan apparently renewed The Tig trademark in 2019. Huzzah! We’ll keep our eyes posted!