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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Catherine M. Hooker

Catherine M. Hooker is the head of Communications at METROPOLE. She keeps us honest and in line, creates promotion materials and is our connection to our cooperation partners. She holds a MA in International Relations and also contributes photography to METROPOLE. hooker@metropole.atPhoto: Visual Hub
red wines

Rumor has it That the red Wines from 2017 Will be Fantastic

Unpredictable weather has kept Austrian vintners on their toes, making the 2017 vintage a challenging oneAs smartphones and technology keep us curled up inside, we like to think we have mastered our environment, but ask...
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Opinion | “Steigen Sie aus?”

Maybe it was the heat, maybe it was the crowd … but every time the U-Bahn rolled into the station, there it was“Steigen Sie aus?” (“Are you getting out?”) asked a frantic voice. I...
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On the Vine | Austrian Winery Pfaffl Makes a Name for Themselves in the...

Award-winning winery Pfaffl has helped establish Austria’s signature Grüner Veltliner on the daunting American market. Good as they are, Austrian wines often go unnoticed outside the country, especially with giants like France or Italy hogging...
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Planet Terroir: Tour de Vin – Lower Austria’s Open House for Wine

Classy and exclusive, the Tour de Vin lets you peek behind the scenes at Lower Austria’s finest vineyards.By Catherine Hooker and Leopold WinklerAfter spitting out approximately the 40th wine I tasted that day, I...

ImPulsTanz First, Katy Perry Second!

When Katy Perry released her newest album, "Chained to the Rhythm" on February 10th, and Joachim Kapuy, publicist for the annual summer dance festival, ImpulsTanz in Vienna, noticed that it looked extremely familiar. Frederik...
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Austria Second

When Trump gave his nationalistic speech on Inauguration Day, the Dutch, ever the pragmatists, thought, "Hey- if you have got to be first, can we be second?" and late night TV host Arjen Lubach released...
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On The Vine | Where to buy Wine Accessories in Vienna

These three shops in Vienna offer excellent wine accessories By Catherine Hooker & Leopold WinklerEven if it’s not included in the Mercer Quality-of-Life rankings, a well-paired glass of wine with dinner is an Austrian hallmark...

Travel | Fairytale Winter Ferry on the Wolfgangsee

During the holiday season, the Wolfgangsee turns into a paradise for lovers of all things AdventWith the Christmas season starting earlier each year, it was no surprise that by early December last year my...
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Grave Misconception – How Vienna Lost Mozart

Mozart's Final Resting PlaceThe myth that a destitute Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was buried and abandoned in an unmarked mass grave persists to this day. The movie Amadeus perpetuates this notion, along with a sense of...