Tag Archives: Austria

Winery Profile: Bründlmayer

Who: Bründlmayer   What: King of the Kamptal, Keeping Things Interesting   Where: Kamptal, Austria   Why: Because Willi Bründlmayer is just about impossible not to love. He’s the type of winemaker whose character can’t help but somehow translate directly … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Wachau

Where: Eastern Austria, within the larger region (or weinbaugebiete) of Niederösterreich and running along the banks of the stunning Danube River. The Wachau sub-region (“vahc-OW”) is barely 12 miles long yet has over 900 individual named vineyard sites!   What: … Continue reading

Back to Basics: Food and Wine Pairings – Vegetables

Ahh, Springtime! It might be my favorite time of year. Except for maybe summer. Or possibly fall… But really, I love when the market fills up again with fresh green vegetables, all punchy and bright, reinvigorating and refreshing. Actually, those … Continue reading

Grape Files: Muscat

Color: White   Grown in: Alsace, Rhône, Languedoc (France); Austria; Piedmont (Italy); Jerez, Málaga (Spain); Australia; South Africa; Greece   A.K.A.: Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains; Muscat de Frontignan; Muskateller (Austria); Moscatel (Spain)   Profile: Light and aromatic, Muscat is one … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Hirtzberger

Who: Weingut Hirtzberger   What: Pillar of Perfection in the Wachau   Where: Spitz (Wachau, Austria)   Why: Because Franz Hirtzberger’s a perfectionist with a very simple philosophy: Make outstanding wine, and do it without any tricks. Because he was … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Nikolaihof

Who: Nikolaihof   What: Riesling and Grüner Prodigies, Biodynamic Virtuoso   Where: Wachau, Austria   Why: Because wine’s been made in this spot since 470AD. Because as babies, Nikolaihof wines are like solemn little prodigies, packed with raw power and … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Weingut Prager

Who: Weingut Prager   What: Trailblazing Vineyard-Site-Soul Reviver   Where: Wachau, Austria   Why: Because proprietor Toni Bodenstein, a.k.a. the “Terroirist,” simply doesn’t listen when his peers tell him not to plant strange strains of Riesling or Grüner Veltliner on … Continue reading

Grape Files: Grüner Veltliner

Color: White   Grown in: Austria   Profile: Crisp, white-and-green peppery, with citrus pith, orchard fruit, lentils, caraway and bright acidity. It can be full and rich or light and lean, depending on where it’s grown and the ripeness it … Continue reading