Valle Reale Montepulciano D’abruzzo 2007, Doc Abruzzo, Italy $17.95 (216408)
The region of Montepulciano D’abruzzo lies due east of Rome where the main grape is Montepulciano. Not to be confused with the Tuscan region Vino Nobile di Montepulciano which is a wine made with Sangiovese grape. Hey is that Jude eating a Lindt bar at Cinnabon? It smells like sweet cinnamon and dark chocolate and glass after glass it gets better, better, better. Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders and let this under your skin with a pepperoni and bacon pizza.
Taja Reserva 2006, Do Jumilla, Spain $14.95 (243329)
Great value here for the boys who enjoy 3 beer lunches. A nice powerful red wine from Jumilla where the vines get a powerful douse of southern Spain sunshine. Like Flo Rida working the paving crew. It’s dark, smells like smoke and tar and the deep bass notes linger in your head. Oh oh, sometimes … I get a good feeling, when I open a bottle of wine. This is wicked if you break it down with a rare roast beef and a side of roast potatoes.