Spring is in the air but many die-hard cabernet sauvignon drinkers are just not ready to swap out their big cabs for those wonderful lighter springtime wines.
So in the interest of taking baby steps, consider a lighter red wine – like a Rosso di Montepulciano.
But it’s basically is an earlier drinking version of the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which is a wine much like a Brunello, with a bit more fruit.
It’s produced in Montepulciano, a southern Tuscan hill town, basically smack in the middle of the country, east of Montalcino and west of Perugia. And according to Italian law, a Vino Nobile must be a minimum of 70% sangiovese (a.k.a. prugnolo gentile, the local name for that black grape) and can have a maximum of 20% canaiolo, another red grape found in Tuscany, and 20% of other permitted red grapes, like merlot and cabernet sauvignon.
The Vino Nobile must be aged for at least two years and then is often cellared. The Rosso, on the other hand, is the same blend, is ready much earlier and – even better — you can drink it the day you buy it.
As a result, the Rosso is a lighter-bodied red wine, so it pairs well with your springtime foods. It’s also much cheaper than the Vino Nobile, making it the perfect wine to hold your hand as you transition to Spring.
Consider these Rosso di Montepulcianos and let us know what you think!
Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip.