Anyone who knows me or my tastes know that I more often frequent the vineyards of the US west coast than South America or Europe. When straying from this path, however, I’m often pleased–whether sampling a power-packed Bordeaux or, in this case, a delicious Montepulciano from the Abruzzo region of Italy. This my mother opened as part of a fun Mother’s Day celebration. It started us off while we sampled bacon-wrapped scallops, mini-crab cakes, and other sundry treats, and it stayed with us (me in particular) during dinner and dessert.
The Masciarelli was paired with broiled swordfish, covered in a grape jelly and barbecue sauce, and grilled asparagus and risotto. Not quite the way you’d draw up the game plan for a soft red, but it seemed to go well–as demonstrated by the empty bottle at the evening’s end. It is supposed to be “one of Italy’s most famous wines…a classic, well-rounded, plumb-scented Italian red made from Montepulciano grapes grown in the Abruzzo region on Italy’s Adriatic coast.” That description carries with it an ethereal quality that I think I found in the wine itself.
Great to celebrate the occasion with my mother and such an adventurous bit of vino. Not soon to forget either!