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02 April 2006

Austrian Grapes: Zweigelt

The Zweigelt grape is thoroughly Austrian. It was created by Dr. Fritz Zweigelt (Austrian) via a crossing of St. Laurent (also Austrian) and Blaufränkisch (AKA Lemberger).  Young Zweigelt-based wines are full of cheery cherry scents coupled to spicy notes.  This grape (pronounced: Ts-vye-gelt) can best be described as:

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"Blackcherrycinnamonpeppersilkysmooth"

Zweigelt is a fine match with sweetly spiced Italian sausage and salty, starchy potatoes.  Try it with:

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Potato, Leek, Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Pizza (recipe at Stephencooks)

Zweigelt Mini Dégustation

Zantho Zweigelt 2003 ($13) - From the Neusiedlersee region of Austria

Braunstein Mitterjoch Zweigelt 2003 ($13) - "fresh notes of wild cherry and is fat and charming on the palate"

Weingut Hillinger Zweigelt 2003 ($15) - "Spicy aromas and flavors of cinnamon and cardamom give this wine added dimension"

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