Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Walla Walla Wine For Dummies: Weekly Wine Word Wednesdays

The Weekly Walla Walla Wine Word for Dummies is: Lemberger

No silly peep-holes, "Lemberger" is not a stinky cheese.  The stink-monster cheese is called Limberger (with an "i" and instead of an "e").

Lemberger is a dark-skinned variety of a grape that is produced into a red wine. The origin of this grape is from Germany, including Austria. It's original old world name is known as Blaufränkisch. In Austria, it is one of the second most important red grapes.  

In the USA, Washington State is one of the few major wine regions in North America to have significant plantings of Lemberger. The first commercial Lemberger planting in the new world was in 1976 in the Yakima area of Washington State.

How does Lemberger taste? The red wine is often light in color like a Pinot Noir with aromas of berries and spice. The wine is very mild in tannins, but with great structure and fruit forward.  It's an easy sippin' wine and easy to pair with food. 

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