Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Vino Nobile - A Perfect Holiday Wine for Christmas

A wine commonly found on our Christmas Dinner Table is a Vino Nobile. Vino Nobiles come from Montepulciano. Not to be mistaken with Montepulciano D'Abruzzo wines, Vino Nobiles are a special blend of grapes that does not include Montepulciano grapes. For a wine to be called a Vino Nobile, it must be at least 70% Sangiovese grapes and then blended with other grapes such as Cannaiolo and Mammolo. While the tannins of the Sangiovese grapes are still evident, they are tamed a bit giving the wine a rich full yet smooth flavor with hints of spice and berry.


The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has enjoyed its renowned reputation and high esteem ever since the year 790. This excellent wine was soon discovered and sold outside the Montepulciano region. In 1549, Sante Lancerio, Pope Paul III's maître de chaîne called the Nobile the "Vino perfettissimo da Signori". It was, however, the doctor and poet, Francesco Redi, who in the 17th century established the reputation of the Nobile as "The King of all Wine". The name "Nobile" dates from the era when higher quality wines were exclusively reserved for noble families. Even today it is still recognized as something very "special". As one of the first top wines to come out of Italy, since 1980 the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has had the distinction of being classified as a DOCG wine. The Vino Nobile is matured in wooden casks for at least two years, starting from 1st January following the harvest. After maturing for three years the Vino Nobile is then granted the title "Riserva". In spite of its long tradition, the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is, nevertheless, a modern wine. In recent years, hardly any other Italian wine has enjoyed such a noticeable improvement in quality and has thus gained an international reputation. (
As of this posting, Vino Nobile wines can be found at the Coral Springs Doris Market. Check your local Doris Market locations for other suggestions or simply check your local liquor store and check their selections. If you enjoy high quality Italian wines such as Brunellos and Amarones, Vino Nobile wines are fantastic alternatives. They are more affordable, make a perfect gift, and they really bring something special to the table at Christmas. Salut!

These two Vino Nobiles are available at Doris Italian Market & Bakery of Coral Springs. Visit your local Doris Market and view their impressive wine selection.

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