A great wine paired with a great dinner is something that never gets old. As a matter of fact it can always feel new, can feel fresh, and can feel inspired if you well, feel it.
Easy said and easy done…
It doesn’t get more authentic than a great pasta dish paired with a great Italian wine. An added bonus is when the wine is affordable yet so great for the price, that you almost might feel guilty. Don’t. It’s good to find the best deals in anything without having to look too hard.
The 2015 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Masciarelli is one of those wines that you’re going to find in a lot of places, and hopefully you’ve had the good fortune of trying it. Sadly for me, it’s one of those wines (like many others) that I always see and unintentionally would take for granted. It’s not deliberate. There’s just so many great wines to try that while we have all the time in the world, it’s important to make the most of it. And that goes for everything.
You’re going to taste your berries, cherries, and various spices but for a wine like this, like many others, that’s just one part of the story. What’s most important is this a wine you’re going to enjoy? Both things, among others, are connected. I can safely say the answer yes. Yes this is a wine that’s accessible, approachable, and affordable. Those are some great things that start with the letter ‘a’.
It’s also your typical wine you’ll find served at Italian restaurants, which in turn means great Italian meals and dinners, and could easily be served at an all around amazing feast near you. I can imagine that it’s being served at a dinner near you, near me, and all around the world, as I write this, and as you read this. It’s that versatile and that awesome of a wine. There’s another ‘a” for you!
As it gets colder, the medium and fuller bodied wines are going to take shape. Thankfully this is right in the middle of what could also feel like a light wine, depending on the meal, your mood, and the season. Those are the fun details that can make a good wine into a great wine, and a good meal into an exceptional one. This is so fun.
I mentioned affordable. I’ve seen this wine sold for anywhere from $9-$12, and that’s a steal. This tastes like a $15+ wine to me. It may be for the aura it carries, the aura I sense, or just my gut reaction to it. Your gut will always be your guide and never steer you wrong.
What a great pairing of wine and food this was. My meal was just as beautiful as it looks. This was comfort at it’s most comfortable and beautiful.
As we head towards the holidays, these are the kind of meals you’re going to encounter more if you haven’t already. These are the wines that go with them, and hopefully you surround yourself with the best company as well.
I’m grateful to have shared this with a friend, and look forward to many more exciting times to come, before, during, and after the holidays. It’s still early November, so one glass, and one meal at a time…
Peace Be With You.