Taco Tuesday with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

If you were asked to pick a red wine – classic but affordable, and perfect for a Taco Tuesday – from Tuscany, what would you pick? I’d probably go with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

What is Vino Nobile di Montepulciano you ask? Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of Tuscany’s most historic red wines. It derives its name from the Renaissance town of Montepulciano, located in the province of Siena. The term “Nobile” seems to originate from the fact that in the past its production was reserved for the aristocratic, noble families of the town. Though it often falls in the shadows of neighboring Chiantis, Brunello, or other Super Tuscans, Nobile was actually the first DOCG wine to appear on the Italian market. Throughout history, the wines were favored amongst Italian Kings, Popes, and Presidents – and celebrated as the wine of the nobles.

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has a long drinking window. In its youth, it’s bright, vibrant, and fresh in the glass with sappy red fruit notes. Thanks to the solid structure and acidity, they are extremely age-worthy and will display more herb, tobacco, and leather notes with 10-20 years in the bottle. This bottle of Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva 2017 – aged two years in large 5,500-liter Slavonian oak barrels (with a small part in French oak barrels), is still quite young. It displays a mix of fruity and savory notes – cherry, blueberry, licorice, violet, mixed spice, lingering, harmonic and velvety, with an elegant texture and long finish.

So what should you pair with it? Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is versatile and super food friendly. You can pair it with an array of foods and cuisines. One of my favorite pairings is Tacos…I mean, who doesn’t love Tacos?! Tacos are literally everywhere these days, from funky food trucks to high-end restaurants. While there’s nothing wrong with an ice-cold beer or a pitcher of Sangria with your favorite tacos, if you pick the right vino, it’ll take your Taco Tuesday to the next level! Try it with crispy beer battered fish topped with pickled Jalapeño cabbage slaw, and some crispy octopus with smoked paprika sauce!