3 Wines for Anytime from Austria and Hungary

Tokaji Furmint, Evolúció – 2013

Don’t let unfamiliar exotic names like Furmint turn you away from this delicious experience. If you’re new to Hungarian wines or looking to try something new, this is the wine to start you on the right path. Maybe the name Tokaji does look familiar to you, calling to mind the sweet elixir that is Tokaji dessert wines. The Furmint varietal is in prime shape in this Tokaji Evolucio. Floral aromas, crisp and refreshing tropical fruits, and a lingering finish will make you very happy you decided to broaden you palate.

“Prosa” Frizzante Rosé, Meinklang – 2013

Red fruit? Check. A few bubbles? Check. Delicious? Check. Along with the bounty of summer, this slightly off-dry (just a hint of residual sugar) wine also has some backbone; enough acid to balance its fruit, sufficient floral notes to play against its minerality and a lingering finish. It’s also organic and Biodynamic, so you can feel good about enjoying a this treat. Strawberries, cherries and structure… Why, yes, I’ll have another!

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Left Foot Charley, Blaufränkisch – 2013

Blaufrankisch. Hard to spell, but easy to love. And yes to our first Michigan State wine! Michigan is one of the most exciting emerging wine regions. Old Mission Peninsula AVA is a peninsula pointing into the grand traverse Bay of Lake Michigan. The moderating influence of Lake Michigan makes it possible for Blaufränkisch to grow in this northern state. The wine has a touch of blackberry and green pepper, along with a hint of spiciness. Pair this with venison tenderloin.