Category Archives: Austrian Wine

The Perfect Summer Drink? Riesling from Germany & Austria

Looking for the ideal summer drink? Do you feel like something juicy, light to medium in body, refreshing and low in alcohol? A drink you can enjoy before dinner, as an aperitif, but can also continue with through a meal, with tangy acidity that makes it a perfect accompaniment for all kinds of food? Look no further than Riesling from Germany or Austria. Continue reading

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Fabulously Food Friendly and Ageworthy Grüner

Several years back, sommeliers who are always looking for better food pairing wines and preferably something exotic, started putting Grüners on their lists and recommending them to patrons. While many of those early proponents have since moved on to other white wine discoveries, Grüner remains one of the most versatile and food friendly wines around. And excellent examples can be found for $20 and under. Continue reading

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2010 Vintage Germany and Austria: Terry Theise & WineWise/The Vienna Wine Company Trade Tasting

Besides the high extract levels and high acidity, another feature of this vintage, for me, is the floral character of the noses of many of these 2010s, which I found quite appealing. I think if one chooses carefully, one can find some really good wines from this vintage that should age quite beautifully. My favorite wines in this tasting came from not only some of my usual favorites–Dönnhoff, Joh. Jos. Christoffel, Hiedler, and Selbach-Oster–but also from a number of producers I’m less familiar with: Hexamer, Jakoby-Mathy, Kruger-Rumpf, Meulenhof and Setzer. Continue reading

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2009 Hiedler Grüners and Rieslings

I was very impressed by the Hiedler wines I tasted at Vin Vino last week. This tasting was further evidence of the excellent quality of the ’09 vintage in Germany and Austria in general, and of the good results (and generally good values) coming from this producer in particular. These are dense and complex Grüners and Rieslings that are juicy and tasty now, but that should also reward five to ten years of aging, especially in the case of the Rieslings. Continue reading

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In Praise of Riesling: More Fun with CellarTracker

No white wine varietal gives me more reliable pleasure than Riesling. In the hands of virtually all good German, Alsatian and Austrian winemakers, the varietal produces just what I want out of wine: balance, relative lightness, purity of fruit, refreshing acidity, and a great accompaniment to many foods. It is also one of the most affordable great wines, with wonderful examples from Germany running as low as $20 to $25 a bottle. Continue reading

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