We were in a restaurant recently, a nice Italian place, not real pricey, and we chose a glass of Italian Montepulciano (made from the Montepulciano grape, from Italy’s Abruzzo region – not Tuscany). Price: $7.50 per glass. Waiting for our dinner, we took a sip or two. We weren’t impressed.
Then the Ravioli with Butternut squash and Pine Nuts arrived. And over the next half hour, that Montepulciano came into its own. It became soft and velvety, and merged with the ravioli flavors so beautifully.
So, IT happened again…that we started with a wine we didn’t care for, but when we tried it with food, during a leisurely meal, different story.
If you’ve never had this experience … well, you need to! Because it’s one of the most fun things about wine. Given the right food match, some wimpy little wine with no character will stand up and be noticed.
Often, this extra wine pizzazz has to do with both the food and allowing the wine to “breathe” in the glass. During your meal, it starts to open up and show its true self, just like a person who might be a bit shy. If you’re considerate and give that person some time, they might start to share who they really are.
Did you know marketers estimate that a whopping 70% of wine today is consumed without food? Too bad!
Has this ever happened to you? What was the wine? What was the food that brought it out of its shell?