Try earthy, peppery Montepulciano with roasted meats and hearty pasta dishes.
Caldora Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (Italy; $11)
If 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.
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These tender chicken thighs are bright with lemon and olives, and fragrant with fresh herbs.
Serve this impressive roast beef with horseradish “mousse,” a gravy boat of au jus, and small dinner rolls.
A classic tomato sauce, Italian meatballs and spaghetti are a hit whenever they’re served.
Made with fresh escarole and cooked in broth with sautéed garlic and seasoned chicken, it is super-tasty!