Great wine for last minute Italian meal

Going with Ann Vogel’s theme of summertime and not wanting to think too hard about dinner, we’re going to make it just as easy for you to match the perfect wine to her two dishes.

And because we’re suggesting the same wine for either dish, you can buy two bottles and keep one on the rack for the next time you’re crunched for time and need to throw together a quick meal.

Because Vogel’s recipes hail from Italy, there should be no surprise that we too are looking to Italy for our pairing recommendation.

While we love Italian wine, our travels over the years in Italy have taught us that Italians love their vegetable almost as much as they love their wine.

With Vogel’s earthy, garlicky and green-laden dishes, we suggest a robust red that pairs well with vegetables and red peppers. We’re thinking a wine that is not too tannic or light bodied.

When people think Italian wine, Chianti is usually the first thing that comes to mind. And it would be good, but with all those earthy flavors we’re headed down a different path.

We think Masciarelli’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo will make you smile that purple smile.

This red wine is made from the Montepulciano grape from the Abruzzo region of Italy. (The calf region of Italy’s boot).

It’s dry but fruity and has pretty, soft tannins. And, it’s best enjoyed when young and with vegetables. Mangia, mangia.

Masciarelli Montepulciano sells for around $9 at most wine and grocery stores.