Wine Under $12: Montepulciano

Beer and Wine,Drinks,Wine 101
February 27, 2013

Try earthy, peppery Montepulciano with roasted meats and hearty pasta dishes.

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Caldora Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Italy; $11)

Caldora_Montelpuciano_d-Abruzzo_DOC_BSIf you sometimes find inexpensive Italian reds too lean and tart for your tastes, consider this generously fruity pick. Like many wines made from the Montepulciano grape, Caldora Montepulciano d’Abruzzo , a round, medium-bodied bottle, is rife with a rich garnet color and generous dark fruits.

Yet make no mistake: This isn’t just another soft and cloying, plummy red wine. There’s enough by way of earthiness and a dashing peppery-spice appeal—followed up by a pleasing hint of acidity—to let you know you’re drinking something from Italy.

Below you’ll find a collection of recipes that will pair wonderfully with the wine.

Relish wine and cocktails columnist Wini Moranville guides you to the best wine and spirits for the money. She is the author of The Bonne Femme Cookbook, Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day.

 

Roast Chicken Thighs

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Olives and Herbs

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Garlic and Herb Roast Beef

Roast Beef with Garlic and Herbs

Serve this impressive roast beef with horseradish “mousse,” a gravy boat of au jus, and small dinner rolls.

spaghetti-meatballs

Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs (Checkered Tablecloth Spaghetti and Meatballs)

A classic tomato sauce, Italian meatballs and spaghetti are a hit whenever they’re served.

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Tuscan-Style Penne with White Beans and Grilled Chicken and Basil

Made with fresh escarole and cooked in broth with sautéed garlic and seasoned chicken, it is super-tasty!