If you're thinking, 'What on EARTH is a Stift-Klosterneuburg Blaufränkisch?', you are not alone. The name is long, unfamiliar, AND it has an umlaut. "Americans are known to have a crippling fear of umlauts".* Relax. There will not be a quiz after this email. We won't even make you pronounce it. We do think you should drink it.
Stift-Klosterneuburg is both an active monastery and Austria's oldest winery. Founded in 1114, S-K is still owned and operated by the monks of its order. It is also certified organic, GMO-free and completely carbon neutral. Plowing and pruning and cover crops, yes. Chemicals, not so much.
And Blaufränkisch? The name means 'blue', as in a blue grape, and 'from France'. In this case, it also means a fresh, vibrant red, full of juicy blueberry, blackberry, and plum flavors, but with great balancing acidity. Thirst-quenching. Gulpable. Perfect for warm nights. Perfect for summer. This may just be the red for a heat wave.
So what is Stift-Klosterneuburg Blaufränkisch? What you want to drink this summer.
* Eric Asimov, The New York Times
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