When we think of Tuscan wine it’s so easy to get distracted by thoughts of Brunello and Chianti, then move on to the Super Tuscans, totally glossing over many great wines. The greatest mistake many people make is to ignore Montepulciano, or rather the wines of Montepulciano: Vino Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano.

Let me rephrase that just a little, missing the village of Montepulciano is almost as big a mistake as is missing the region’s wines.  Montepulciano, besides being the star of some recent vampire movie, is a wonderful little hilltop town that feels untouched by the passage of time.

Travel Tip - A day trip to Siena

Siena is famous for its Piazza del Campo, where the famous Il Palio horse race is run each year. It's a beautiful Piazza, and a huge tourist attraction, but do yourself a favor and skip the many restaurants that line its perimeter. You can do much better than a crappy pizzza. How about artisinal salumi and prosciutto? Visit the Consorzio Agrario di Siena and have them make a perfect sandwich to order.