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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Winemaking
Cellar, field and desk; March is a busy  time of year for winemakersThe cliché of cute country girls and boys, skirts and sleeves rolled up as they tread the grapes, may have finally been consigned to the bin of wine making lore, but there’s still plenty of romantic haze fogging the hard reality. Between the jolly harvesting of last...
sekt
Austrian bubbly has had a rough time lately, but new regulations might just put it back on track“The velvet was flowing like a river! Let’s have another bottle of the velvet!”  If things had gone differently in a marketing meeting for sekt a couple of years ago, you might have heard such exclamations around Austria on New Year’s Eve.The...
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 safe keeping, ready and willing to sample anything over 10 per cent alcohol. This is the VieVinum, Austria’s biannual blockbuster trade fair for wine growers,...
tour de vin
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 was starting to get the hang of it. The flavors and bouquets were slowly becoming distinct to me, allowing me to finally appreciate the differences...
Poysdorf
The Weinviertel has as many philosophies as vintners“Popsicles. With lychee aroma!” René Willmann of the Poysdorf Weinmarkt (wine market) scoffed, a staunch defender of classical Austrian winemaking and not overly impressed by the trendy tipples in Generation Y’s watering holes. And he has good reason: The 30 winemakers whose nearly 500 wines are on display in his Vinothek are among...
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red wines
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 any vintner and he’ll tell you a different story: The smallest meteorological factor can make or break a vintage, and, technology notwithstanding, good wine is...
pub klemo vienna
If Rome has coffee and Moscow has vodka, then Vienna’s soul fuel is surely wine.The city is awash in the stuff: dozens of Vinotheken and wine bars, some as vast as supermarkets and others intimate, but all bring us the best that France, Italy or Spain has to offer. To say nothing of the several hundred growers within easy...
wine
The Weinbauschule Klosterneuburg continues to innovate new grape varieties.Austrian wine lovers all know Zweigelt, the quintessential Austrian red wine and the foundation grape of the Neusiedlersee DAC. Undemanding, Zweigelt wines can range from young, fruit-rich daily quaffs to complex, barrique-matured regional specialties. The eternal Austria grape…except that Zweigelt didn’t exist before 1922. It’s the greatest success so far of...
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