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

"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...

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  1. 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.

    1. 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

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

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          1. re: Veggo

            I don't know - slimehead works for me.

            1. re: Veggo

              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

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

                1. So call it Blaufränkisch or Frankovka.

                  Kiona's is delicious.

                  http://store.kionawine.com/estate-lem...

                  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

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

                    1. re: Veggo

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