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The Fetească Regală Grape

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About Fetească Regală

(Synonyms: Dănasană, Danesana, Dunesdörfer Konigast, Galbenă de Ardeal, Königliche Mädchentraube, Pesceká Leánka.)


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Fetească Regală is a white-wine grape originating in Romania in the 1920s. It was long thought to be a natural cross of the native varieties Grasă de Cotnari and Fetească Albă, but modern DNA analysis suggests that that is not quite so, though it is indeed closely related to Fetească Albă, another popular Romanian white-wine grape. Fetească Regală is today mainly grown in Romania, with some also found in Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and a few other eastern-Europe nations.

(You can hear it pronounced here, but it’s not difficult—just don’t worry much about the accenting.)

Fetească Regală wines range from simple but refreshing and pleasant on through more complex renditions, some oaked. They tend to be rather aromatic, with exotic-fruit aromas (pineapple is sometimes mentioned) that carry on into the palate, occasionally with floral overtones. They have a bit more of tannins than is usual for a white wine, and so can benefit from some oaking.

Factoid: Fetească Regală translates as “royal young girl” (or simply “princess”), a name first applied in 1928.

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Some Descriptions of Fetească Regală Wines

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Some Fetească Regalăs to Try

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It’s not as if Fetească Regală is unfindable in the U.S. market: there are over a half-dozen bottlings showing in the wine search engines. The problem with that, however, is that available quality is not high, and none seem to be carried by more than, at most, two or three shops.

The one exception is a wine carried (so far as we can see) only by the Total Wine chain, and so not on any search engines (but it is on CellarTracker): see the “listing” below. (Note thast while it is labelled “Demi-Sec”, we find it sufficiently dry for table-wine use, and rather enjoyable in a modest way.)

Recas Feteasca Regala
(Sold only at Total Wine outlets.)

• This wine has no Wine Searcher “Reviews” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• There are no retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• There are no retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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