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September 6, 2013 2:45 PM | By Our Somms | No Comments
Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts! Regardless of the degree to which you identify with the term, whether you like to enjoy a glass every now and then, or, like me, muse on the complexities of wine service in outer space, we here at The Goat would like to foster your love for the drink by offering wine every week that we will showcase here in the blog, and have available for tasting on Fridays from 6~7 p.m.
Austria is once again the geographical commonality of the wines for this week, with both being the products of Tegernseerhof / Mittelbach Family Winery in Wachau. Nestled in a bend in the Danube river, this property produces mainly white wines (not surprising), but also utilizes the red varieties Blauer Zweigelt and Blauberger. Interestingly, both Blauberger and Blauer Zweigelt (Zweigelt) were developed by Dr. Fritz Zweigelt, an Austrian biologist and viticulturalist. Zweigelt, from which this week’s rosé is made, was created in 1922 as a cross between two indigenous grapes, St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch. Don’t get carried away with images of some evil scientist laughing behind bubbling beakers, phospholuminescent fluid filled test tubes, and low budget special effects. This variety was primarily developed to better resist vine diseases, but also yield more fruit. Cheers!
This Grüner Veltliner from Tegernseerhof is overflowing with aromas of orange blossom, tangerine, and citrus pith, with white pepper and little flashes of soft spice rounding out the finish. Asian foods with richer sauces and herbs will pair well.
The Mittelbach family’s Zweigelt rosé smells of strawberries and cherry skins and drinks crisp and dry. Unassuming and fun to drink!
See you Friday!!!