Phillips recommends pinot noirs from Sonoma, as well as blaufrankisch
and zweigelt from Austria.
During a recent tour of Wild Horse Winery in Paso Robles, glasses of Blaufrankisch were thrust in our hands.
The following week in the Finger Lakes, I again encountered Blaufrankisch, labeled with its German-sounding name, Lemberger.
So, we're pouring alternative wines like Bonarda from Argentina, Blaufrankisch
from Austria and Monastrell from Jumilla."
But all of the zierfabnler- and cynifal-type names were synonyms of the variety better known in Central Europe by the name "Blue-Frank;" Blaufrankisch
in Austria; Kekfrankos in Hungary; Frankovka in the Czech and other Slav lands.
Officially classified under the name Blauer Limberger, this variety is also known as Blaufrankisch
, which it's called on Berghof's labels.
Although Bordeaux varieties are increasingly important, winemakers rely largely on the ancient central European varieties Blaufrankisch
Frankovka: Austria's Blaufrankisch
gives medium-bodied but firm red wines in several locales of western Slovakia.