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Food Suggestions

The following dishes go well with The Society's Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2019 (IT30241)

Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash

Opt for gutsy, spicy reds from the south of France, southern Italy, the Rhône or Australia.
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Game Pie

Game Pie

The red-berry flavours of ripe pinot, dolcetto, sangiovese and some Claret would marry well with game pie.
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Hog Roast

Hog Roast

Whilst we generally try to keep this a secret, a Hog Roast is actually a very friendly food to match with wine and the biggest consideration is personal preference. A dry, crisp and appley (think apple sauce) riesling with its mouth-watering acidity partner well and cut through the fatty meat. Conversely, a young Italian sangiovese will fit well, again with acidity, but fine grained tannins and sweet cherry and sour cranberry fruit flavours. Off-dry whites will also work too as the sweetness is complementary, as is the balancing (again) acidity which will keep the palate fresh.
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Meatballs - Tomato sauce

Meatballs - Tomato sauce

Italian wines are the natural choice here. As tomato-based sauces feature so widely in their cuisine it is no surprise that the Italians make wines that cope best with these dishes.
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Partridge

Partridge

Opt for peppery shiraz or ripe pinot noir; Chianti and Montepulciano would also work well.
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Pasta with Meat Sauce

Pasta with Meat Sauce

For a simple supper of spag bol, opt for younger fruitier wines. For more lavish ragu sauces perhaps made with wild boar meat or duck, choose fuller-flavoured reds.
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Pheasant

Pheasant

Though not as assertive in flavour as other feathered game, pheasant nonetheless calls for spicy richness in the wines that accompany it. The savoury character of Rhône syrah and Italian sangiovese work particularly well. More delicate dishes might be served well by a good red Burgundy or a New World pinot.
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Pigeon

Pigeon

Pigeon has lots of flavour and needs full-throttle reds. High-octane Aussie shiraz or the almost gamey flavours of northern Rhône syrah or Italian sangiovese would work well.
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Roast Lamb

Roast Lamb

Rioja and Claret instantly spring to mind, but sangiovese and syrah would be equally delicious.
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Roast Pork

Roast Pork

Roast pork is extremely versatile and goes with either red or white. Fruity, spicy whites are good and the lovely appley freshness of German riesling is a winner. Avoid overly tannic reds and opt for subtly spicy fruit here too.
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Macaroni Cheese

Macaroni Cheese

This ultimate comfort food, though now mostly considered an American stalwart, has its roots back home in Italy, and that’s just where we’d suggest looking for a natural fit on the wine front too. Unoaked (or lightly oaked) fresh, textured whites are a great match, otherwise, ripe, juicy reds, with refreshing acidity would work equally well. If you’re making a fancy version with truffles, opt for more opulence in the form of oaked chardonnays like Pouilly-Fuissé or ripe South African chenin blanc, for whites and pinot noir or nebbiolo for reds.


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Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza

Ripe, fruity soft-flavoured Italian reds, especially those from the north, such as those from the corvina grape of Valpolicella and barbera are the natural choice. Full-bodied Mediterranean rosés are equally good.
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Pasta and Tomato Sauce

Pasta and Tomato Sauce

Not surprisingly, the Italians have this spot covered: barbera is a winning choice. If the sauce is to be a little spicy (arrabiata) then montepulciano seems to work particularly well.
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Ribollita

Ribollita

This hearty Tuscan bean soup (literally means ‘re-boiled’) finds its natural regional partner in fruity young Chianti, but Vapolicella, Spanish tempranillo or fruity Languedoc reds work well too.
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