Montepulciano d ‘Abruzzo – Table Wine?
Table wines or Vino di Tavola is everyday wine for just about every meal for wine lovers on a budget. On special occasions we may open a very special wine depending on the food being served. For the last several years my Vino di Tavola has been Montepulciano d ‘Abruzzo, simply because I bought an inexpensive wine that is very satisfying to me. The wine is young, has a hint of various flavors and goes with just about all foods.
Last week I attended a wine tasting event hosted by Barrique in honor of San Patrignano, an organization, home, for addicted young adults in Italy who need help. I was tasting a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Marina Cyetic when my” light” went on. Now I was truly visualizing the great wines of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and realized that some of this areas wines are truly great wines and can compete with any wine from any vineyard in the wine world: be it French, Spanish, American, South African, South American or Australian – you name it. Plus, the wines age very well and can become quite pricey. A 1995 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo can easily be in the $350.00 to $450.00 ranges. As the number of bottles of a winery that has exceptional vintage decreases, the price escalates quite rapidly and they go to auction. At auction, exceptional vintages have exceeded $3,000 per bottle. So, an inexpensive wine can become quite pricey.
Although the Montepulciano grape is grown in 20 different provinces from Emilia-Romagna to Apulia, Montepulicano d’Abruzzo produces most of the grapes and the finest of wine. Some folks confuse Montepulciano d’Abruzzo with Tuscany’s Vino Nobile de Montepulciano.
This is truly a wine that pairs well with all foods. Here are some dishes that my “bulb lights up” instantly: Antipasto of Italian cured meats, Mozzarella in Carrozza, Zuppa Robollita – Twice Cooked Soup, Penne with a Wild Mushroom Ragu, a festive Lasagna with Mini Meatballs, a robust Red Wine Risotto, Polenta with a Ragu, Gnocchi Bolognese, Eggplant Parmigiano, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Lobster Fra Diavlo, Pork Chops Pizzaila Peppers and Mushrooms, Chocolate Cheese Cake and the list goes on and on. These recipes may be found at Food Wine Italian.
Cantiniere & Facci Present a Gourmet Food & Wine Trip to Italy Sicilian Wine Dinner with the wines of FIRRIATO → … d’Abruzzo “INCANTO” 2009. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo CRU Riserva “INFERI” 2008. Marramiero Brut Rose …
Publish Date: 05/15/2012 3:55
Wine Tasting Clip of Umani Ronchi “Jorio” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2002, from the Virtual Wine Tasting Event, ‘Virtual Wine Academy – ITALY’ held on 20 Nov 20…