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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Michael Lee

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On the Vine | Braving the Storms – Vintage 2016

With foul weather affecting the vintage, this year is a rough one for Austrian wineThis year will not be remembered fondly by Austrian winemakers. Catastrophic weather conditions in some of the main grape-growing regions...

On the Vine: Labels – The Look of Love

Even in the world of wine, appearances matterSo there you are in the Vinothek, staring at the shelves. So many labels; so many vintages… Now what? Irish poet W.B. Yeats would have understood: “Wine...

On the Vine: Au Naturel – Natural Wine

The recent trend toward natural wines attempts to capture the spirit before industrializationFew developments or trends have aroused as many passions in the world of wine as the recent emergence of “natural”, wines. It’s...

On the Vine: Viva VieVinum – Wine Festival

Austria’s international wine festival uncorkedImagine throngs of winemakers cramped shoulder to shoulder, vying for the attention of thirsty drinkers (sorry, “tasters”) who jostle for position with wine-stained hands outstretched, glasses hung around necks for...

On the Vine: Raising The Curtain on Gemischter Satz

Viennese wine’s local specialty enters, stage left In wine, as in any consumer industry, producing a brand that transcends the sum of its parts has always been The Holy Grail.This enviable position has traditionally been...

On the Vine: Honest Wines – Purbach, Burgenland

The Neusiedlersee region has proven fertile ground for the Schwarz family’s organic winemakingPerception often begins with images: Pristine Alpine meadows and the scent of Edelweiss are enough to conjure up an all-natural picture of...