When I invited a new friend to dinner last week and asked her to bring a wine, she asked about the menu. And evidently she listened, because she came up with the most brilliant match for the Hungarian goulash: this St. Laurent, a close relative of Pinot Noir, from one of Austria’s best wine estates. Soft and earthy, with a brilliant cherry color and just the slightest hint of strawberries and plums in the nose, it held its own against the smoky paprika in the sauce.
Weingut Brundlmayer St.Laurent Ladner offers a soft and earthy, with a brilliant cherry color and just the slightest hint of strawberries and plums in the nose. (Los Angeles Times/MCT)
It’s hard to find a red this subtle and evolved anywhere for less than $25. But not many wine drinkers are curious enough to try a red from Austria.
Where do you go from a perfect match like this one? I could also see this wine with a simple roast chicken like I’m going to have tonight at Farmshop in Brentwood, chicken pot pie, sauteed calf’s liver or braised lamb shanks.
● Region: Kamptal, Austria
● Price: About $23
● Style: Silky and elegant
● What it goes with: Goulash, braised lamb shanks, roast chicken
By S. Irene Virbila
(Los Angeles Times)
(MCT Information Services)