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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wine Insider: Champagne Dinner at Wein & Co.

At the beginning of December Wein & Co. Invites guests to a 4-course dinner with Roederer Champagne. “The drink of the gods” is one of the best French labels, and can be enjoyed with haute cuisine as well as drunk on its own. Each wine is served with corresponding cuisine, like marinated scottish salmon filet, […]

The Art & Science of Biodynamics

The Art & Science of Biodynamics

Biodynamic viticulture is a well practiced, but little understood philosophy by the wine consumer. This holistic method of growing and making wine is based on the ideas of Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925), and his belief that the farm (or vineyard) is an organism in its own right, where soil, plant, animal and man work together as […]

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