A quick intro: Zweigelt
Zweigelt is a varietal of red wine grape that was cultivated by a certain Dr. Fritz Zweigelt in 1922, by marrying St. Laurent with Blaufränkisch. They got on just fine, thank you.
The result of this is a surprisingly light red that sometimes has a slightly bitter note at the end, and comes to its fullest potential if left to breathe for a good while (we’re talking an hour or more).
Zweigelt (originally Rothburger) is currently the most popular red grape in Austria, but there are some serious cultivators in Canada too (Oh, Canada.).
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