Drinking and Pairing Lagrein with FoodLagrein, pronounced lah-grine, is a red grape variety grown exclusively in the Trentino-Alto Adige region of Northern Italy. The Alto Adige, aka Südtirol, was once part of the Southern Tyrolean state of Austria, and you can often see German words printed on wine labels from the region. The German term "Lagrein Dunkel" refers to the dark red styles of this wine whereas the "Kretzer" implies that the wine has been produced in a light rosé style. Lagrein Dunkel is the more serious of the two styles and is marked by deep, almost opaque color, with aromas and flavors of blackberries, plums, and anise. On the palate, the wines tend to be rich but with bright acidity, firm tannins, and a slightly bitter finish.
The cuisine of the Alto Adige is greatly influenced by neighboring Austria, and a high-quality Lagrein Dunkel is an excellent accompaniment to speck (smoked pork), bread dumplings, and braised meat, foods which are common to tables of the area.
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