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HELP!!! Montepulciano d'Abruzzo alternative wine. I'm about to make Spaghetti Sauce & hubby ......

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...drank all the Montepulciano d'Abruzzo which I normally use. The only other bottles of red I have in the house are Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec or Merlot. I don't want to open three wines to see which seems closest to the Montepulciano. LOL...but I will if I have to! Which of the three wines do you think is heartier, closer to the Montepulciano.

On a side not Hubby put the chocolate red wine we received as a gift where the Montepulciano normally lives. Arrrggghhhhh I would have killed him if I hadn't noticed and put that in my sauce. I may kill him anyway!

Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. In a stretch you could use this site to compare wines:

    http://wine-grape.findthebest.com/com...

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    1. re: drongo

      Thanks drongo. LOL...I think I'm about to start opening all the bottles. The cabernet will be first.

      1. re: drongo

        I think it's funny that the malbec tastes only of asparagus and can only be paired with edam.

      2. Any of them will be good. Use the least expensive.

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        1. re: CindyJ

          Thanks Cindy. I used the Cabernet. It seems fine.

          1. re: CindyJ

            That would have been my approach too! I wouldn't use 2 Buck Chuck, but I wouldn't want to use an expensive wine in a spaghetti sauce. So I'd first eliminate anything that cost over $20 ...... OK, anything over $10. And if none of them were under that threshold, I'd be off to the store.

          2. I'm really curious about your recipe that requires such a specific red wine. Would you care to share?

            1. Montelpulciano d'Abruzzo is just a simple inexpensive red wine from Italy. Drinkable but not excellent. Any basic red wine with fairly good fruit and no off-flavors should be fine. Certainly less than $10. Check on the Wine Board for more recs for inexpensive red wines for cooking. I like the Perrin at Trader Joe's.