towards the end of my trip, july 2011: i got this excellent montepulciano d'abruzzio from an italian wine shop around the corner on rue cherche midi in the 6th arr. in paris. it was fruity, supple, with great body, and was definitely a fun bottle to drink. this italian went very well with dried italian meats and cheese tortellini. by the way, the italian wine shop owner was very knowledgable and also asked me to sample some very aromatic olive oil. i could tell this was a man who really cared about his wares.
update: i tried to find this again, but could only get the 2007 here in the states. hint: it's not as good. i should have brought a bottle of the 2006 home with me. if you grabbed a bottle of the 2006 while it was for sale at astor wine and spirts in brooklyn, new york, and if, by chance, you still have it ... i'm envious.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.