Classic Pairings

2015 Cala de Poeti Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

This quintessentially Italian red goes beyond pizza and pasta

Meet Montepulciano

Pronounced "mon-ta-pull-channo," this medium-bodied red hails from the grape's Central Italian home. Montepulciano D'Abruzzo is a quintessentially food-friendly Italian red, with a pleasantly dry acidity that makes it the perfect pairing for classic Italian dishes—tomato-based pasta dishes, spicy sausages, and everyone's favorite: cheesy, tangy pizza!

While it's always smart to pair a wine with foods from the same region, Montepulciano D'Abruzzo is a versatile food wine that pleases with a variety of meals. Pair it with red meats like brisket or grilled lamb and taste how the acidity cuts through the meat's fats, or uncork it with vegetarian favorites like mushrooms, red or black bean dishes, and rich roasted vegetables.

Our personal favorite is 2015 Cala de Poeti Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, which won a 95-point Platinum Medal in the 2017 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. 2015 Cala de Poeti Montepulciano D'Abruzzo is made from 100% Montepulciano grapes grown in a restricted territory on the picturesque central Italian hills, and offers aromas of tobacco and leather. This medium-bodied red was aged in oak for six months, resulting in a robust, ruby-red wine that pairs perfectly with pizza, pasta, meat dishes, and any flavorful Mediterranean foods.

Uncork this quintessentially food-friendly Italian red.