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Apr 1, 2010 09:40 AM

Austrian Wine Tasting event: Who shouldn't I miss?


I've really enjoyed the few Austrian wines I've had and Austria Uncorked (
is happening next month in SF. 80 producers in 3 hours could be a bit of a challenge without y'all's help. I'm not that familiar with many of the details concerning Austrian producers and only recognise a few names on the list (Mantlehof, Rosenhof, Ott, Brundlmayer)

Anybody else planning on attending or have ideas as to which producers I must seek out?

I LOVE Riesling, Gruner Vetliner and most obscure white varietals, but am intrigued by the possibility of trying some reds as well. Suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I'm jealous.

    Of course the great Wachau and Kamptal estates of Prager, Rudi Pichler, Brundlmayer and Schloss Gobelsberg are going to be in attendance and should not be missed. For up and coming Wachau I suggest Rainer Wess and Johann Donabaum.

    For reds: Umathum and Gernot /Heike Heinrich

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    1. re: Trip Klaus

      Thanks for the awesome list! : )
      I'll make sure to have one in your honor.

      1. re: Trip Klaus

        Johann Donabaum is fantastic. He makes a federspiel level GV that has a good amount of residual sugar. Awesome.

        Not sure if they'll be there, but Anita and Hans Nittnaus for red. Try the Commondor (Blaufrankisch, Merlot, Cabernet Franc? blend)

      2. Try MEPHISTO (55% Blauer Zweigelt, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot) from WEINGUT CHRIST in Vienna. This wine is just incredible, one of the best Austrian reds I discovered last year! Also super yammi is the red grape "Blaufraenkisch" from Burgenland, here I recommend: Weingut Weninger, Umathum and Nittnaus. See you on the 3rd. PROST

        1. Alois Kracher is a must. His sweet wines are outstanding. I've also had very good wines from Knoll (Wachau), especially the Smaragds. Make a point to see Brundelmayer. Also have had interesting wines from Pockl (Neusiedlersee). Had a wonderful Pinot Noir TBA there.

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          1. re: 53latour

            Prager and Hirsch are musts... I didn't know about this, I'm gonna try to go...

          2. Bill Mayer, who brings in Ott, also brings in Stadlmann. Love his Mandel-Hoh zierfandler. I've found zierfandler doesn't play well with other wines so if it was me I'd try it first.

            Brigette Braunstein is also on the list. I believe WineMonger is still bringing her wines in to the US. Braunstein makes nice reds, including Blaufrankisch.

            Alois Kracher died in 2007. Who makes wines for that estate now?

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            1. re: SteveTimko

              Thanks for the suggestion.

              BTW, Bill Mayer is having a $5 Tasting (refundable with purchase) at the Alameda Wine Co. (Central near Park St, next to the movie theatre) on April 21st 5:30-7:30 pm
              Not sure what he's bringing, but I'm sure it'll be good. See y'all there.

              1. re: julesincoq

                Nein, mein Freund. Wir sind über Österreich reden, nicht Australien. ;)