Degustazione: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Montepulciano d’AbruzzoEvery Wednesday I taste an Italian wine & learn Italian. Today the wine of honor is…

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo!


Learning a language can be really fun. All you have to do is choose something that you enjoy, and do it in your target language.

And that is why one of the ways that I’m learning Italian is by drinking wine. #winenot?

Scent and taste create a memory and a context to use and recall new vocabulary. Not to mention doing something relaxing and enjoyable lowers your inhibitions (okay so maybe it’s the alcohol, hehehe).

Besides, if you want to have a good conversation with Italians, you need to be able to talk about food & wine. (One of the million reasons why I love Italians – they have their priorities straight!)

Eventually I want to visit the famous wine regions in Italy. Knowing how & where wine is produced makes me appreciate it so much more.

Just a little disclaimer: I’m not a wine expert or a sommelier. I’m just an American girl with a passion for Italian food & wine who is learning as I go. My goal is to become an expert as I learn and share my passion with others. So for now, my wine analysis is a little amateurish, but my intention is just to learn about wine while learning Italian.

So let’s get started! Today I’m tasting Montepulciano d’Abruzzo that I got for $4.99 at Trader Joe’s.

First, let’s talk about some interesting facts about Montepulciano d’Abruzzo:

  • It has DOC status. DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which is the quality level of the wine.
  • Montepulciano is a town in Tuscany, but Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a variety of grape that isn’t from Tuscany. (?!) The wine from Tuscany is called Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, made from Sangiovese grapes.
  • It is produced not too far from L’Aquila, the town devastated by the 2009 earthquake.
la vista // the look 

Il colore è granato opaco. 

It has an opaque garnet color.

l’olfatto // the smell

Ha un profumo dolce come una marmallata.

The smell is sweet and jammy.

il gusto // the taste

In assoluto ha un sapore della mora.

I definitely taste blackberries.

conclusione // conclusion:

È un buon vino per un ottimo prezzo, sopratutto in una notte invernale !

It’s a good wine for a good price, especially on a winter night!

Am I the only one who finds a nice medium to full-bodied wine cozy and comforting, especially when sipped in front of the fireplace?

Join me next Wednesday for more Italian & wine!



How to taste wine (in English)

Come degustare il vino (in italiano)



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Ciao, I'm Kelly!

Welcome to my adventures in learning Italian, often while cooking authentic Italian recipes and wine tasting! I love discovering the traditional regional cuisine of Italy and trying to recreate those dishes when I'm back home in the US. I'm also on my way to becoming an Italian citizen through jure sanguinis (by ancestry).

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2 years ago

I definitely use wine to learn Italian, but maybe just for liquid confidence more than anything ahaha. Although living in Italy has made me much MUCH more curious about wines and learning about wines, I have two books waiting on my Kindle about this!

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