Wine Tasting of of Austrian Red Blends|
JULY 27TH 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Austrian Red Blends, for inclusion on our list. Matt Horowitz of Artisanal Cellars, will be on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions. The vineyards in Austria cover 51,000 hectares which, for the most part, lie in the east and southeast of the country. Amongst the wines produced here, white wines unquestionably make up the larger portion - cultivated in 70% of the vineyards are 22 white wine varieties permitted for high quality wine production. Nevertheless, red wine (13 varieties) has come to represent 30% of the vineyards in recent years. There is archaeological evidence of grape growing in Traisental 4000 years ago.
Grape seeds have been found in urns dating back to 700BC in Zagersdorf, whilst bronze wine flagons of the Celtic La Tene culture dating to the 5th century BC have been found at Durrnberg in Salzburg state. Viticulture thrived under the Romans, once Marcus Aurelius Probus (Roman Emperor 276-282) had overturned the ban on growing grapes north of the Alps. Both Gruner Veltliner and Welschriesling appear to have been grown around the Danube since Roman times. The major red grapes of Austria are the Blaufranksih, Blauer Portugieser, Saint Laurent (France origins), Blauerburgunder (Pinot Noir) and the hybrids Zweigelt (cross between the Blaufrankisch and St. Laurent) and Blauberger (cross between Blaufrankisch and Blauer Portugieser).
The reds are concentrated to the southeast of Vienna, mostly in the Burgenland region that straddles the Hungarian border - especially around the shores of the Neusiedlersee, one of central Europe's largest lakes. Though it helps make outstanding late-harvest sweet wines, the lake's warming influence also makes possible great red wine. That isn't to discount reds found in traditional white-wine areas, including fine examples from the newly defined Wagram region and Carnuntum. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread.
The wines featured will be:
Weingut Michlits, "Burgenland Red", Burgenland 2009
Netzl, "Carnuntum Cuvee", Carnuntum 2009
Hillinger, "Small Hill Red", Burgenland 2008
Anton Bauer, "Wagram Cuvee No. 13", Wagram 2007
Hillinger, "Hillside", Burgenland 2008
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $15.00 fee per person.
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