Wines: Bull’s Blood (Hungary)

bulls_bloodThe Hungarian vintner Bull’s Blood (Egri Bikavér) suggests that the wine be opened and aired one hour before drinking — something you’d likely want to do anyway with a wine called “Bull’s Blood.” But don’t let the warning or the name put you off this hearty, dry red, hardy enough to be paired with spicy game, roasts, steaks, and other beef dishes, but warm and spicy enough itself for a cold winter evening’s quaff as well. And at $8.99 a bottle, it’s a steal at Astor Wines & Spirits (which also boasts an excellent, wide selection of other Central European reds and whites, particularly from Austria, Croatia, and Georgia).