Blaufränkischs can be absolutely wonderful and complex

Blaufränkischs can be absolutely wonderful and complex

Philippines wine supplier Manila wine shop discusses wine by the grape variety Blaufrankisch. This is not well known among wine lovers in Manila but it is a wine that is worth exploring.

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“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” – W.C. Fields

Okay, while we’re pretty sure that Central European wine wasn’t W.C. Fields’ first choice of libation when either cooking or imbibing (oh, who are we kidding – the man probably put down whatever was placed in front of him. Though oddly, he didn’t start drinking until well into his twenties in his Vaudeville days, when the loneliness and vagaries of the road started to get to him), the similarities between the man and this week’s Forgotten Grape Blaufränkisch are surprisingly robust. Certainly not their places of origin – Fields was born just outside of his beloved Philadelphia to parents of English-Irish descent, while Blaufränkisch is typically found across central Europe, including its primary home in Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Hungary – but more in the way that they both carry themselves, how both try to come off as a lot more than they actually are. Well, at least, that’s the way Fields’ characters came off throughout his film career. The man certainly had the talent and charisma to match his portly physique.
You see, Fields took his film facade to new heights during the 1920s and 1930s playing a variety of carnival barkers, card sharps, swindlers, cheats, and thieves, none of whom were similar in character to the real Bill Fields (as his friends referred to him), yet all of whom presented themselves with an air of sophistication and the appearance of a gentleman even as they swiped the nickels out of your back pocket. And yet no matter how comically nasty the character he played, Fields always seemed to imbue that fellow with just enough sympathy to humanize them and to make the audience not only care about the character, but to want to root for Fields the actor and see him in his next and latest role.

Oh, and he really, really, really liked to drink. A lot. Did we mention that?

Blaufränkisch? Well, it draws a lot of similarities to both of these things. This is a gape that presents itself in the wine as big, substantial, and able to hold its own with some of the great dark red wines of the world. Bordeaux? Hermitage? Chateauneuf-du-Pape? Bring ‘em all on. When grown properly in cooler climates and vintages without excessive heat and sun, the “Pinot Noir of Central Europe” (as it is sometimes called because of its prevalence and reputation throughout Austria and the former Soviet satellites) can even be imparted with aromas and flavors similar to Burgundian pinot noirs, and in hotter climates, the flavor patterns of Syrahs. But that’s where the similarities end. Because despite Blaufränkisch’s seemingly suave and distinguished scents and tastes, they really don’t hold up through the entire sip of the wine. In fact, these big plum and dark fruit flavors tend to flee faster than Larson E. Whipsnide at the sight of a cop, and all they leave behind is the hot tingling sting of alcohol. Which is not to say that Blaufränkischs are wines that are high in alcohol (most are between 13%-15% ABV), but rather that the wines can be unbalanced enough so that the alcohol rises to the top, or in this case, takes over the sip as soon as it hits your tongue. That’s right, Blaufränkischs may present a front of worldliness, erudition, and savvy, but deep down, they’re all just big lushes, depending far too heavily on alcohol to get by.

And yet, if you can get past this, Blaufränkischs can be absolutely wonderful and complex wines that will have you thinking and discussing among friends and you take your next sip. There is a reason it is the second most popular red grape in Austria and accounts for almost 5% of their total wine yield every year. Blaufränkisch, despite its woozy, inebriated stature, is a wine that can stand up, and one that any dedicated Friend of the Forgotten Grape would sample at least once.

So lift up your glass (wine glass, pint glass, shot glass, whatever glass you have in front of you, and offer a toast to this week’s Forgotten Grape, BLAUFRÄNKISCH, and
remember, while others may not have sympathy for a wine that’s intoxicated all the
time, the wine that’s intoxicated all the time doesn’t need sympathy.


Are these articles useful for enhancing your wine and dine experience in the Philippines. Do they also help you with travel, leisure, vacation, dining out, nightlife and other leisure activities plans in Philippines? Considered one of the best restaurants in Manila, Yats hopes to provide you with pertinent information to plan your trips to Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone whether you are travelling from Manila or other Asian countries such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Malaysia or Korea.

Restaurant reservations in Philippines, planning of menu, selection of wine for dinner and booking a private function and event in Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone can all be handled. Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar has been regarded by many to be the premier restaurant north of Manila Philippines. Its 3000-line award-winning restaurant wine list has kept many wine lovers happy dining in this restaurant in Angeles City Clark Philippines for over a decade.

Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar was built by Hong Kong-based Yats International in 2000 to provide a world-class fine dining restaurant, business meeting facilities and venues for private dinners and functions in Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone. Pampanga Angeles City Clark Philippines was selected for this restaurant because of safety, clean air, absence of traffic and proximity to Manila and Subic.

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(045) 599-5600 0922-870-5178 0917-520-4401 ask for Ernest or Pedro.


Getting to this fine dining restaurant of Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone Pampanga Philippines
How to get to this fine-dining restaurant in Clark Philippines? Once you get to Clark Freeport, go straight until you hit Mimosa. After you enter Mimosa, stay on the left on Mimosa Drive, go past the Holiday Inn and Yats Restaurant (green top, independent 1-storey structure) is on your left. Just past the Yats Restaurant is the London Pub.

Manila food and wine lovers are surprised to find world-class fine dining restaurants in Pampanga. Tourists looking for a good restaurant in Clark Pampanga to enjoy a good steak with a bottle of fine vintage wine often choose to wine and dine at Yats Restaurant which is generally regarded by food and wine lovers in Manila to be one of the best restaurants outside of Manila. This is one of the best restaurants to enjoy good cheese in Clark Pampanga. The wine cellars of this restaurant in Clark are recognized as the best in the Philippines. Visitors to Clark Philippines rarely pass up in the opportunity to dine at one of the best restaurants in Pampanga.

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