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Austria’s Zweigelt is easier to drink than it is
to pronounce, thanks to its juicy, food-friendly
What You Need To Know
Best known for its aromatic Rieslings
and Grüner Veltliners, Austria also turns out terrific reds, mostly
from Burgenland, a region along the Hungarian border. Though still
obscure in the US, Zweigelt (ZVY-gelt) is Austria’s most popular red
wine, beloved for its spicy, licorice-edged cherry flavors and vibrant
acidity. This example comes from Alex Schreiner, a one of a handful
of dynamic young vintners bringing new attention to Burgenland’s
reds. Alex helps his father with the family winery but also makes
a handful of wines under his own label, including this estate-grown
offering, made with organic grapes.
Inviting plum and
cherry aromas have
a light menthol edge.
Fresh, lively black
cherry flavors spiked
with cracked pepper.
bottle should be cool to
Especially good with sausages,
herbal or licorice-tinged pork,
chicken or turkey dishes.