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If you’re exploring new options for summer wines, put both reds and whites from Austria on your radar. The most widely-available Austrian wines in our market are made from grüner veltliner, the country’s signature grape that makes crisp, dry whites that are good alternatives to sauvignon blanc. For a red, try blauer zweigelt, which produces light-bodied, fruity wines similar to those made from gamay grapes grown in France’s Beaujolais region. The following two wines are very aromatic and come from the Niederösterreich wine growing region in Lower Austria, the northeasternmost of the country’s nine provinces.

Winzer Krems 2018 Grüner Veltliner, Kremser Sandgrube, Austria

Bought • Total Wine, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in July for $13.49 with six-bottle discount

Description • This lively white has been well-received by wine critics and the 2017 vintage scored 92 points from Wine Enthusiast. Light- to medium-bodied, it’s a refreshing wine that’s very minerally with distinctive herbaceous and peppery notes. This is a citrusy white that tastes of lemons, limes and grapefruit along with a touch of tropical flavors. Very easy to drink, it would go well with fish, poultry and green vegetables.

Winzer Krems 2017 Blauer Zweigelt, St. Severin, Austria

Bought • Total Wine, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in July for $13.49 with six-bottle discount

Description • Blauer zweigelt was originally called rotburger, a name that wouldn’t have been very marketable in the U.S. Thankfully, it was changed to honor Fritz Zweigelt, the Austrian scientist who developed it in 1922 by crossing the blaufränkisch and St. Laurent grape varieties. A quaffable, light-bodied red, it has soft tannins and tastes of dark cherries with peppery spice. Best enjoyed a little chilled, it would go well with white meats.

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