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German reds and other novelties

By Barry Smith   April 2012

Do you want to try something new? There are plenty of unusual wines on merchants’ lists this year. Countries like Croatia, Slovenia and Romania are adding novel grape varieties like Pošip, Laški Rizling and Grasq to the repertoire. Even well-known varieties like the Furmint grape from Hungary, used to make the sweet wines of the Tokaj region, are turning up as dry wines. An example is Mandolás from Oremus (owned by Vega Sicilia). Rich and weighty on the palate, it appears at first like a sweet wine, but resolves to a dry, clean finish.

In the Jurançon region of France,…

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