Welcome to the Wine-Flair Wine of the Week!  Yes, I know it sounds like a disgusting cheese. Or maybe a quiche from Germany. It's actually a delicious red wine made from a grape that's originally from upper Styria, now Slovenia, once part of Yugoslavia. The grape itself is also called Lemberger, but it's also known as Blaufränkisch, meaning blue Frankish. The wine's mix is 85% Lemberger, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Carmenère, and 5% Mourvèdre. It's obviously an almost-unheard of grape and wine, with very little made and not easy to find unless you're in Austria. But I wanted to mention it because it's a great wine, and one to try if you can. The best producer I know of is…

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Should You Listen to Wine Experts? Champagne Exports Highest in 5 Years Red Wines of Sicily Carmenere: One of my Favorites! Wine Fraud Give it a (S)Whirl

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OK, the names seem to be getting even longer.  Sorry. But do try this 90% Carmenere / 10% Cabernet, the debut vintage of the line, which I tasted with the winemaker in 2009 shortly after its release.  Even then it was already drinkable, and it's only gotten better: a deep purple, rich, blackberry and plum treat, well balanced, with ripe, chewy tannin and a wonderful finish. You can find this wine at about $18-21.  It's a little above the range of wines I typically recommend, but worthy every penny. And the 2008 and 2009 are also outstanding if you can't lay your hands on an '07.

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