Grape of the Month – Zweigelt

Grape of the month - FebruaryI had the pleasure of trying a zweigelt wine over Christmas from Shalestone Vineyards.  It was a New York state zweigelt, but the grape is usually associated with Austria, where is it is the most widely planted red grape.  However, this varietal is also seen from Croatia and is gaining popularity in New York State, Chicago, and California.  Whereever it may be found, it is a lovely, light-bodied red.  This grape is relatively new having been created in 1922 as a cross of the St. Laurent and Blaufrankish grapes.  The wines usually have strong cherry notes and some extra non-fruit flavors dependent upon the level of oaking and aging.  I have found it to be a very easy-to-drink red, and I (and the NY Times) are excited to drink more of it.

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