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Lemberger at risk of obscurity because of stinky cheese name...

maria lorraine Dec 26, 2013 10:54 PM

"Lemberger's fortunes always have been tied to its unfortunate name, a moniker that evokes thoughts of stinky cheese rather than a deliciously smooth and fruity red wine."

"Selling it is like rolling rocks uphill."

Read more here:

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/12...

  1. Bill Hunt Jan 1, 2014 05:55 PM

    Such is the fate of many GR red wines - and not just due to the name association.

    Personally, I have enjoyed many, but others are not so inclined.

    Hunt

    1. Robert Lauriston Dec 30, 2013 09:16 AM

      So call it Blaufränkisch or Frankovka.

      Kiona's is delicious.

      http://store.kionawine.com/estate-lemberger-p2.aspx

      As is Pfneiszl's:

      http://www.bluedanubewine.com/wine/384/

      Though "Pfneiszl Kékfrankos" might be a tough sell.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        Veggo Dec 30, 2013 09:20 AM

        Good way to use up a rack of tough Scrabble letters.

        1. re: Veggo
          Robert Lauriston Dec 30, 2013 04:21 PM

          Or would be, if grape variety names were not proper nouns.

      2. linguafood Dec 27, 2013 01:13 PM

        Only cuz folks don't know it doesn't even sound close to limburger. Feh.

        1. Veggo Dec 27, 2013 09:41 AM

          Maybe it would sell better if it's name were changed to Patagonian toothfish....

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          1. re: Veggo
            ChefJune Dec 27, 2013 10:26 AM

            ROTFLMAO!

            1. re: Veggo
              k
              kagemusha49 Dec 27, 2013 10:36 AM

              I don't know - slimehead works for me.

              1. re: Veggo
                Bill Hunt Jan 1, 2014 06:04 PM

                Or perhaps the "Slimehead," another fish marketing story?

                Sometimes, it's all in the name - Orange Roughy, or Chilean Seabass...

                I mean, how many orders of "slimy, oily, "make you poop, when you least expect it" fish, would have been placed, if the name was not Escolar... ?

                Just thinking here.

                Hunt

                1. re: Veggo
                  Bill Hunt Jan 1, 2014 06:06 PM

                  Or perhaps the "Slimehead," another fish marketing story, as mentioned already?

                  Sometimes, it's all in the name - Orange Roughy, or Chilean Seabass...

                  I mean, how many orders of "slimy, oily, "make you poop, when you least expect it" fish, would have been placed, if the name was not Escolar... ?

                  Just thinking here.

                  Hunt

                2. z
                  zin1953 Dec 27, 2013 09:35 AM

                  Great wine; rotten name . . . and its Austrian "original" name of Blaufränkisch isn't any better! Neither are any of its other synonyms "musical" to ears more accustomed to French- or Italian- sounding names.

                  My first exposure to Lemberger was as Kékfrankos -- a wine under the Monimplex label of Communist Hungary. The problem was that it was never very good. ;^) But the wines I had from Hogue, Kiona, and others in Washington were quite tasty, as is Jed Steele's version.

                  (sigh)

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                  1. re: zin1953
                    maria lorraine Dec 27, 2013 01:08 PM

                    I've had Steele's a number of times, and a handful of those from Washington State. Always thought Lemberger was a very drinkable quaffer.

                  2. ChefJune Dec 27, 2013 09:14 AM

                    That's too bad. (The cheese is called LImburger, as I recall, but it is similar.)

                    The Foch grape, made into wine in Wisconsin and other parts of the Upper Midwest, has fallen on similarly hard times. The Wallersheim winery that made outstanding wine with Foch has converted to Cabernet Sauvignon, and it's surely not the same... Their Foch's were extremely long lived.

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