Greetings friends and wine lovers … and welcome to Blonde on Wine! I’m honored to have you visit and I hope you’ll return often to learn more about our beloved fruit of the vine! The idea for this little wine blog written by a novice wine lover came to me during an evening out for dinner with hubby.
I was relishing a wonderful glass of Piane di Maggio Montepulciano D’Abruzzo and murmured, “I should start a wine blog, except I’m no wine expert. But I could learn …”
At that same moment, hubby and I simultaneously suggested emphasizing the blonde aspect of reviewing wine. And Blonde on Wine was born!
I was sure the web domain was probably already taken and my dream would be dashed (and I’d be off the hook for starting a second blog – my first blog is Town and Country Living).
When we returned home after our delectable dinner, I scurried off to my laptop to see if blondeonwine.com was even available and obviously it was because here you are, reading my first wine post!
I fell in love with Piane di Maggio Montepulciano D’Abruzzo. It’s a full-bodied Italian red wine with a beautiful ruby color. It’s slightly dry without that unpleasant after-taste that some dry wines leave in your mouth.
I decided it was only appropriate to start my wine blog with this rich, smooth wine that I was drinking when the idea for Blonde on Wine bubbled into my head.
Blonde on Wine is meant to be educational in as simple a form as possible. Rather than the expert review, you’ll find the lay woman’s take on enjoying fermented fruit. I hope to explain a lot of aspects of wine in an understandable way.
My goal is to talk about different types of wine, wine pairings, wine ratings, recipes using wine, maybe even a craft or two that uses wine corks! If it has anything to do with wine, I’ll write about it.
Like this label for example. What does it all mean? Agriverde is the wine estate, while Piane di Maggio is the brand name. Montepulciano (the small print to the right of the tree) is the grape … like Riesling or Merlot. Abruzzo is the region in Italy where the grape is grown. Abruzzo is located in the central section of Italy on the west coast.
Since this Italian red wine is full-bodied, it should be paired with heartier foods like beef or game. I’m a pescetarian (a vegetarian who eats fish), so I enjoyed it with a wild mushroom tart at Preservation Bread and Wine in Geneva, Illinois.
So what does “full body” mean, you might ask? Think of it in terms of milk. Skim milk is light, 2% milk is medium-bodied, while regular milk is full-bodied, or more robust.
And just for the record … I’m not a stickler when it comes to food and wine pairings. I drink the wine I want with the food I want. I don’t always think about perfect pairs. I know … that would be sacrilege to the wine experts but like I said, I’m no expert.
Sometimes, ignorance is bliss!
Let me know if you’ve ever enjoyed Piane di Maggio Montepulciano D’Abruzzo. Or if you decide to try it, I hope you’ll come back and let me know what you think of it.
It might be hard to find … I special ordered my bottles from Binny’s Beverage Depot.
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