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Regional Branding, Austrian Style

Regional Branding, Austrian Style

A recent tasting of the newly released Single Vineyard (Erste Lagen) wines from the Austrian Traditional Vintners (Österreichische Traditionsweingüter) shows how far the industry has come in profiling and branding Austria’s top sites. The Association, which was formed in 1992 by several wineries from the Kremstal, Kamptal, Wagram and Traisental regions along the Donau and […]

The Lighter Side of Wine

The Lighter Side of Wine

As we sweat through a blazing Vienna summer, I thought it pertinent to raise one of the hottest topics in wine at the moment, the “heat” or level of alcohol, in the wine. Obviously, wine wouldn’t be wine without the alcohol, and the buzz it delivers is part of the pleasure. But alcohol levels have […]

The Many Shades of Schilcher

The Many Shades of Schilcher

Steiermark is a place that continually has me gasping at the mystery and magic of its wine and food offerings, seemingly tucked behind every picture perfect corner, nape of twisted valley, or crest of the unending undulating steep slopes. “The Schilcher” as it is warmly versed by the locals, is one such wine that has […]

Wine Bars of Vienna

Wine Bars of Vienna

Surely the civility litmus test of any great city is the variety and vibrancy of its wine bars.At an authentic wine bar, the fundamentals of a convivial experience can bubble from a fermentation of good wines, tasty bites of food and the sharing with friends. The heart of any great wine bar, akin to an […]

11 Women & Their Wines

11 Women & Their Wines

I will side-step the many clichés in introducing a piece on women in wine – overalls and calloused hands are not key – and go straight to setting a scene: It was at last year’s VieVinum wine exhibition at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, where throngs of winemakers were cramped, shoulder-to-shoulder, into every marbled nook […]

Palais Coburg

Palais Coburg

To establish one of Europe’s finest, most significant wine archives and cellars is no mean feat. Peter Pühringer – a German construction engineer and fund manager who spent over €80 million restoring the Palais Coburg after he bought the ruined former summer residence of Ferdinand von Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in the late ‘90s – is a confirmed […]

Sensing the Südsteiermark: A Tale of Two Hanneses

Sensing the Südsteiermark: A Tale of Two Hanneses

If perspective and sensory exploration is everything in wine, then the culmination of Steiermark’s landscape, aura, people, gastronomy and passion, manifests into a region that is quickly becoming the go-to place. My focus is on one of the three classified wine-growing regions in the greater Steiermark (Styria) area, Südsteiermark. Triangular in shape with its northern […]

Sekt & the City: Viennese Celebrations with Schlumberger

Sekt & the City: Viennese Celebrations with Schlumberger

Celebrations in any form or guise would not be the same without “popping the cork” from a bottle of bubbly. This enviable association, cultivated over centuries by “brand Champagne”, has elevated the sparkling wine category to lofty positions of luxury, the froth of crystal, catwalks and the christening of ships. However, when a product is […]

Mulling Over Glühwein

Mulling Over Glühwein

I have always thought Christmas time one of extremes. The stretching of emotions as families converge, the inevitable cash flow crisis that awaits as the January bills are pushed under the door by bonus-hungry bankers, and finally the seemingly unending roll-out of traditions forgotten in the previous 11 months. But surely, one tradition relegates all […]

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