Monday, February 14, 2011

Ora Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, F&E

Fresh & Easy had a $3.99 Montepulciano D'Abruzzo last month when I stopped in to pick a few things.  It's hard for me to pass up a d.o.c. wine for under $5, even if it is a screw top - and more and more, the screw top wines are doing very well, quality wise, as the premium cork has been depleted and more and more defective corks are popping up.  The Ora was wonderful.  Not too fruity, not too dry, not overly oaky.  It was very good.  I agree with the other reviewers who have highly recommended it (here, here, and here). 

If you see one in the wine shop, snatch it up before they raise prices!  It went great with spicy dishes, steak, pollo asada, and was easily drinkable all on it's own as well.  Salute!


  1. Montepulcianos have long been a favorite of mine. I like the lightness and spicy undertones that always seem to be there in these wines. I think they are vastly under appreciated as a grape - I'll keep my eyes out for this one.

    Montepulcianos were the first wines I ever really tried as a wine drinker. There was a small liquor store on Addison that had wine tastings, and many of the bottles were $4.99 back in the day, which was not expensive even then.

  2. "Trader's Crucible"? Is that you Joe M? (gmail did a "Joe M" pop-up on getpipsfx). Chicago has an "Addison" ... but I don't think Joe M's spent an inordinate amount of time in the Windy City.


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