Category: Austria

  • Claus Preisinger Basic, 2012

    I finally got around to unscrewing a bottle of the Basic, which I picked up after Gismondi gave it 89 points (my “sweet spot” if you will). Interesting and provocative.  A strange hybrid blend that straddles black forest gateau and steak a la poivre.  Enticing on the nose.  Sweet light peaks contrast with a herbaceous […]

  • Drinking Wine in Istanbul, Vienna, Prague and Madrid

    Just got back from three weeks in Europe.  We drank wine in Turkey, Austria, the Czech Republic and Spain. Istanbul: The first big surprise is that the Turks make some half decent wine.  Some half decent white wine, anyway.  The second big surprise is that the cost is insane, OTC or in a restaurant.  Plonk […]

  • Weingut Walter Buchegger Reserve Leopold Gruner Vetliner, 2013

    With a summery spring upon is, it’s a season of simpler dinners and lighter wines.  We cleaned out the fridge for an Elaine Benes Big Salad and served it alongside a light Austrian white. This GV didn’t wow us as much as the Riesling, but the crisp, light, ethereal-ness of this delectable white disappeared faster […]

  • Weingut Walter Buchegger, Moosburgerin Riesling, 2013

    Delectable. Stunningly accomplished. Gun metal, apple, citrus pith, kumquat, a tart acidic kick and a long blossom finish. Think Austria taking medal after medal on the slopes, then imagine a cheese plate by the fire and this lovely white.   Hugely satisfying; aperitif, food friendly, palate cleanser. It cost a few pennies but no regrets. […]

  • Domaene Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner 2010

    Polished.  Refreshing and tangy.  For some weird reason I think if the 7 Dwarfs made home brew this would be it: Very sharp, zesty, pronounced citric acid, pleasant finish, appealing to a diverse group, nothing avant-garde.  Dry without a hint of sugar.  Eminently drinkable.  Lilke basic black with pearls.  Classy white without pretension but certainly […]