The Great Value Red Wine You’ve Probably Never Tried (but Should)

published Oct 23, 2015
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I was so happy to open up the New York Times food section this week and see a long tasting session from Eric Asimov featuring one of my favorite easy-drinking, budget red wines. Move over, Riesling — this is an Austrian find you all should know about.

Blaufränkisch is the name of this tasty Austrian red, and it’s just not very commonly found on wine lists. It’s overshadowed by the far more popular Austrian exports, riesling and grüner veltliner, which is a shame because blaufränkisch is a treat. And not just a treat, but a budget one too.

As Asimov points out, great examples of this wine can be found for $15 — in fact, I would say that’s the price point I usually see them at in my local wine shop. I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than $20 on a bottle of blaufränkisch. And they’re tasty:

They are inviting, spicy, juicy reds that ought to be instantly appealing. They combine the delightful approachability of gamay with the savory warmth of syrah.

It’s a fabulous wine for weeknight dinners, casual and delicious — and a great pick for pizza too. Read Asimov’s piece for some highlights of his favorites.

Read more: Blaufränkisch, an Austrian Red Just Waiting to Be Discovered from by Eric Asimov at The New York Times