Where to find Zweigelt in NYC
I had a glass of the 2005 Sattler Zweigelt at one of my favorite restaurants, Al Di La, last night. I had never even heard of this grape prior to then, but the waiter recommended it with my duck, so I gave it a shot.
It was a very nice wine, deceptively dark purple hue, but medium-bodied and somewhat reminiscent of a beaujolais, with a nicely balanced plum and peach notes, flowers and spice. Highly recommended.
It's an Austrian wine, imported by Michael Skurnik. None of my usual stores seem to carry it and I don't want to order a full case (no room for it!). Anyone have any idea where I can buy a bottle in the New York area?
Might I suggest the easiest way? Skurnik is IN New York. Just call or email them and ask them where to find it. It should not be difficult for them to tell you that So-and-So bought five cases, or that Such-and-Such got a delivery last week, etc.
Michael Skurnik Wines
575 Underhill Blvd., Suite 216
Syosset, NY 11791
check out the June 13th NY TImes Dining and Wine section...Eric Asimov did an article on Austrian reds that he and a panel tasted...their #1 wine was the Leo Hillinger 2005 Zweigelt....it's available (according to wine-searcher.com) at Martin Brothers Wines and Spirits...2781 Broadway. Good luck.
Thanks, zin. Didn't even think of directly contacting the importer! Thanks also for the article and the lead, drumwine. I usually read Asimov's column, but missed that one somehow.
Try the 2005 Anton Bauer Zweigelt - incredible! It's also mentioned in the NY Times article. Very expressive, round and delicious - nice Cherry fruit!
I'm in Asheville, NC and down here it is $12.99 per bottle. The Asheville Wine Market has a great selection of wines from around the world in case you are ever in town.
For a more complex Austrian red, pick up the 2004 Anton Bauer Wagram Cuvee No 10. 40% Blaufrankisch, 35% Zweigelt, 15% Cab, 10% Merlot. It's wonderful too! This one goes for $14.99 down here.
I can't help you with finding it in NYC, but wanted to chip in to say that this is SUCH a nice little wine! I tried it at a tasting last month, and ran out and bought several bottles the next day.
Sattler Zweigelt is available in Minneapolis at Surdyk's. If you can't find it in NYC, I'll bet Surdyk's would ship you some. (With full MN taxes - ouch!) Better you should find some in NYC...