This wine is a collaboration between winemaker Neinhard Forstreiter and Monika Caha Selections, who distributes the brand. Aging was half in stainless and half in neutral oak, but the wine mysteriously offered sweet butterscotch aromas along with its faint hints of black pepper. On the palate it was slightly spicy with a strong vegetal character that was balanced by sweet cherry-berry flavors. The finish, though, was lean and peppery. This wine needs food, and was a surprisingly good pairing for the herb-rubbed meat. I kept returning to the wine throughout the meal: it’s an extremely admirable wine, especially for its price. Recommended. Meg Houston Maker


WHO: Neinhard Forstreiter
WHAT: Zweigelt
WHERE: Austria
WHEN:2009
HOW MUCH: $12 (media sample)

 

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Meg Houston Maker, MA, CSW, is a writer curious about nature, culture, food, wine, and place. She’s passionate about traditional food-ways, artisanal food and wine production, and the human connection to landscape. Meg is former Executive Editor of Palate Press and now serves as a regular columnist. Find her essays about communications, social information, and writing on megmaker.com. Find her essays about food, wine, and the pleasures of the table on Maker’s Table. Follow her on Twitter @megmaker.