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Blaufrankisch

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Inky magenta in color with aromas of violets, herbs and spices, Blaufrankisch was first documented in Austria as far back as the 18th century and today is the second most planted red variety in Austria after its own offspring, Zweigelt. Blaufrankisch thrives in Burgenland as well as in the warmer sites of Niederösterreich (including Wachau, Kremstal, Kamptal). While most of the global acreage of Blaufrankisch remains in Austria, the variety has travelled a bit outside of its homeland and taken on a few different names. In Hungary it remains well regarded and goes by Kékfrankos; in Bulgaria it is Gamé; in the Czech Republic, Serbia and Croatia, Frankovka; and in Friuli, it is called, Franconia. The Germans call it Lemberger. Oregon claims a small amount of acreage; there it goes by its Austrian name.

Tasting Notes for Blaufrankisch

Blaufrankisch is a dry red wine and typically has a deep red to purple color, medium body, fine tannins and a racy acidity. On the palate it is full of blackberry, black cherry, tart red cherry and accents of black pepper, herbs and allspice.

Perfect Food Pairings for Blaufrankisch

Versatile because of its deep fruit, and medium tannins and acidity, Blaufrankisch goes well with smoked sausage, lighter meats, vinegar marinades, balsamic dressings, and of course, traditional Austrian dishes like red potato goulash and creamy spaetzle.

Sommelier Secrets for Blaufrankisch

In pre-Medieval times grapes were divided into superior quality, that is those whose origins lay with the Franks, called “Frankisch,” and then all others, which were deemed inferior. Because this grape was well revered, it got the name, blau (meaning blue or dark) and “Frankisch,” or Blaufrankisch. The grape was actually born from a crossing of Blauer Zimmettraube and Gouais blanc, the latter also a parent of many of our modern favorites: Chardonnay, Gamay, Aligoté, Riesling and Furmint!

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  • Paul Achs Edelgrund Blaufrankisch 2016  Front Label
    Paul Achs Edelgrund Blaufrankisch 2016
    Blaufrankisch from Neusiedlersee, Austria
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    • Johan Vineyards Blaufrankisch 2016  Front Label
      Johan Vineyards Blaufrankisch 2016
      Blaufrankisch from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Weingut Wachter-Wiesler Sudburgenland Bela-Joska Blaufrankisch 2016  Front Label
        Weingut Wachter-Wiesler Sudburgenland Bela-Joska Blaufrankisch 2016
        Blaufrankisch from Burgenland, Austria
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        • Paul Achs Heideboden Blaufrankisch 2016  Front Label
          Paul Achs Heideboden Blaufrankisch 2016
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          • Lenz Moser Blaufrankisch (1 Liter) 2016  Front Label
            Lenz Moser Blaufrankisch (1 Liter) 2016
            Blaufrankisch from Burgenland, Austria
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            • Prieler Leithaberg Blaufrankisch 2016  Front Label
              Prieler Leithaberg Blaufrankisch 2016
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              • Donausonne Blaufrankisch 2016  Front Label
                Donausonne Blaufrankisch 2016
                Blaufrankisch from Hungary
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                • Moric Blaufrankisch 2016  Front Label
                  Moric Blaufrankisch 2016
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                  • Schloss Koblenz Blaufrankisch Sweet Red 2016  Front Label
                    Schloss Koblenz Blaufrankisch Sweet Red 2016
                    Blaufrankisch from Hungary
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                    • Left Foot Charley Old Mission Peninsula Macdonald Vineyard Blaufrankisch 2016  Front Label
                      Left Foot Charley Old Mission Peninsula Macdonald Vineyard Blaufrankisch 2016
                      Blaufrankisch from Michigan, Other U.S.
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