Crazy Cool Grapes: Red Edition

crazygrapesFrom Austria to Argentina, this Tuesday Tasting we take a trip off the beaten track to try 3 red wines made from 3 grapes that aren’t often seen in the U.S. Featuring:

  • Saint Antonio Scaia Rosso, Italy—Made from the Corvina grape grown in Northern Italy, this grape is used for both Amarone (a rich, red wine made from the dried grapes) and Bardolino, the light, classic style of this wine that combines berry flavors and herbs with a clean mineral finish (and is often served chilled in the summer months.) $14 btl, $7 btg
  • Ecker Zweigelt, Austria—A hybrid of two Austrian grapes (St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch), Zweigelt is only grown in Austria and the Czech Republic, but is gaining popularity for its easy palate and unique flavors, combining bright cherry notes (think pinot noir) with the spice and pepper of Shiraz, and a rather rare (for reds) acidic finish. $14 btl, $7btg
  • Tilia Bonarda, Argentina—Wine & Spirits ranks this dark plummy red 90 points for good reason: Made from Bonarda (Argentina’s most popular red next to Malbec) this inky wine tastes of black raspberry, dark plums, and black pepper with a soft, velvety finish. $12 btl, $6 btg

Tasting: $10

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