NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 21, 2011) - Bring a bottle of Lagrein (lah-GRYNE) to this season's tailgating parties and win over your die hard brew buddies. A red wine grape native to the region of Alto Adige in northeast Italy, this full-bodied and sumptuous wine will impress intrepid, wine-loving football fans. Like your favorite players, Lagrein is a wine with character and backbone; it is a muscular grape and produces a deeply-colored wine, and just like a hungry athlete, this wine cries out for food.

Whether you're grilling at home before the big game or roughing it in the parking lot, Lagrein's lively acidity stands up to a spectrum of savory meats, including your pre-game favorites. Spicy notes complement a succulent Bratwurst or even barbequed ribs. And whether you're serving traditional burgers or even grilled salmon, a smooth, a well-balanced Lagrein knocks it out of the park. The wine's assertive character is balanced by a delicious minerality which also makes it the perfect pre-game quaff to pair with that all-American salty staple: the pretzel.

The Lagrein grape flourishes in the sun-drenched soils in Alto Adige lower elevation vineyards, producing supple red wines with backbone. Classic Lagrein has dark berry and cherry aromas and flavors, with hints of tobacco and leather. It tends to be barrel-aged to tame the naturally bold characteristics of the grape, and the result is a delicious velvety wine.

Lagrein wines from Alto Adige are ready to enjoy during tonight's game, or when your team makes it to the big game. Game time is Lagrein time so grab a corkscrew!

About Alto Adige wines: Nestled in northeast Italy amidst the Dolomite Mountains and the soaring Alps, the Alto Adige region produces elegant and aromatic Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Gewürztraminer, Lagrein, Pinot Nero and more. For more information visit

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