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Mar 29, 2011 11:56 AM

Austrian Wines- Need recs for trip to Vienna

Tried our first Blaufränkisch in NYC and liked it. Generally, we prefer reds but also enjoy white sauvignon blanc wines. So please let us know what wines to try on our vacation.

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  1. Riesling and Gruner Veltliner. In a word, yum.

    It sounds like you may be more familiar with dry wines. One of my favorite dry rieslings is the Nikolaihof Vom Stein Federspiel (Wachau Austria): http://www.wineanorak.com/nikolaihof.htm

    And here's an article on the wines of Wachau Austria that might give you a few ideas:

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      Lucky you! Austria has some of the most fascinating/delicious wines I've ever tasted. Awesome stuff! If you live near NYC, make room in your schedule and check this out:


      NEW YORK - MAY 4
      Tribeca Rooftop
      2 Desbrosses Street // New York, NY 10013 Map
      General admission: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

      Enjoy top Austrian wines paired with cuisine from NYC's finest restaurants
      (Wallse, Seasonal Restaurant & Wine Bar, Klee Brasserie, Aldea, BLT Prime,
      L'Anfora, Grandaisy Bakery, Barbuto, Telepan NY, Perry St., and more
      )on the Tribeca Rooftop, a spectacular 15,000 square foot penthouse
      featuring beautiful, panoramic views of the city.

      Guests will also have the chance to savor a variety of premium Austrian cheeses
      & charcuterie. Renowned cheese producers Die Käsemacher, Rupp, and Woerle
      will be present to showcase their products. This part of the event is sponsored by
      the Austrian Agrarian Marketing Board.

      Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door.

      Proceeds from the event will benefit GrowNYC's Learn It, Grow It, Eat It program,
      a local education program which empowers teens to take control of their health through
      hands-on gardening, nutrition education, outreach, and managing a community farm-stand.

      I was lucky enough to attend last year in SF and had some of the best wines of my life so far.
      It's totally worth the $$$ , you could try more varietals like St. Laurent , Zweigelt, Gruner Veltliner, Scheurebe, Zierfandler, etc. and perhaps meet some of the winemakers.
      I drink mostly whites, so some of my favorites were Huber, Brundlmayer*, Staldlmann, Pager, Pichler , Hirsch* and for really nice sparkling wine, Sektkellerei Gebruder Szigeti GMBH
      (*Look for the Heiligenstein vineyard: Volcanic Soils. YUM!)
      However, my pinnacle experience at this event was tasting the amazing wines of Kracher.
      All of the dry wines were gone by the time I got there, but IMO, their dessert wines are some of the most well-made on the planet. Bombastic flavor, great acid, no gloopiness.
      The way it should be.
      2008 Cuvee Eiswein (Gruner Veltliner & Chardonnay): Awesome peaches & nectarines
      (My mouth waters every time I think about this wine)
      2006 TBA No. 1 (Zweigelt): Roses and strawberries on the nose and palate
      2006 Cuvee (Welschriesling, Chardonnay) Just plain delicious.

      Bring your travel partner if possible and take the time to write plenty of notes.
      I look at my tasting catalog for this event and I still kick myself for not writing more stuff down.
      Have a great time!

      LA Hounds: May 2nd
      SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
      465 S. La Cienega Boulevard // Los Angeles, California 90048 Map
      General admission: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

      Enjoy top Austrian wines paired with cuisine from José Andrés and dessert by
      Wolfgang Puck at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.

      Guests will also have the chance to savor a variety of premium Austrian cheeses & charcuterie
      sponsored by Agrarmarkt Austria. Norbert Wabnig from the Beverly Hills Cheese Shop
      will personally present the delicious Alpine products.

      # General admission: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

      Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door.

      # VIP admission: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

      Tickets are $100 in advance and $125 at the door.

      Want the VIP treatment? Skip the crowd and get a special wine package to take home

      when you purchase a VIP ticket. And maybe even learn a thing or two between bites

      of Bergkaese & Sacher cake.

      Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Vincent Meals on Wheels program,
      a local education program which provides nutritious meals to homebound seniors
      and other vulnerable residents across Los Angeles.

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      1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

        Wow, I was wondering if I should go to the upcoming Austria Uncorked event. I think you have moved me off the fence.

      2. Zierfandler is a wonderful, weird grape. Stadlmann is the best producer. Fortunately it's imported into the United States.
        I'm also a fan of most of the wines produced by Ott.
        Austrian reds are iffy, at least the ones they import into the U.S.
        I'm a fan of Birgit Braunstein's wines. I've been meaning to try Moric.

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        1. re: SteveTimko

          Thank you, BigWoodenSpoon. I will see if my husband and I can attend the May 4 event in NYC. That would be a great way to ready ourselves for our Vienna visit at the end of the month.