Great Italian wine doesn’t always need to be served with Italian food, but sometimes the food and wine go so well together you can’t imagine consuming anything else. Such is the case when it comes to pairing pizza or pasta with red sauce and Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano.
The region of Montepulciano, which is in Tuscany, is an ancient region that has been making wines from 100 percent Sangiovese for centuries. Its wines are often compared to the coveted wine Brunello di Montalcino from the Montalcino area, also in Tuscany, but they often sell for a much lower price point.
The wine pours a translucent red — a sign of the grape’s acidity — with an aroma of sour cherries, strawberries, dried leaves and fresh pencil shavings. The palate is medium-bodied with nice medium tannins that are silky smooth. The wine is a bit like drinking a liquid cherry, in a very good way. It’s polished and insanely drinkable. It should become one of your go-to reds when the night calls for Italian.