Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Montepulciano Squared

Both as region and a grape variety, Montepulciano (mohn-teh-pool-CHAH-noh) should find a place on your "Bucket List". This beautiful hilly region is located east of the historic town of Siena, where Tuscany meets Umbria. It traces its cultural and vinous heritage to the Etruscans, who settled the area before the Romans.

The grape variety makes a brilliant deep ruby wine with an intense nose of strawberry and ripe plum fruit, combined with hints of leather. Often blended with Sangiovese to produce Rosso Conero or Rosso Piceno, these medium bodied wines pair with a wide variety of foods, notably baked lasagna.