1) A variety of red wine made from Montepulciano grapes. It is characterized by deep red color, low acidity, moderate tannins, and full, fruity flavor. It is an easy wine to drink, and I have long favored it as a sippin' wine (rather than one I drink with dinner). It is primarily grown near the Adriatic coast in central and southern Italy, and is primarily found under the appellation of Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC.

2) A town in Tuscany known for its Vino Nobile wine, based on the popular Sangiovese grape variety. Because it is so often labeled "Vino Nobile di Montepulciano," it is very frequently confused with actual Montepulciano wine (which tends to be a little lighter tasting than Vino Nobile).

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