Wine Tasting - New Releases of Austrian Gruner Veltliner|
NOVEMBER 8TH 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Austrian Gruner Veltliner, for inclusion on our list. Anthony Wagner of G. Housen, 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. Nevertheless, red wine has come to represent 30% of the vineyards in recent years. Austria has approximately 20,000 small wine producing estates, many of whose financial existence is based on the selling of wine directly on the premises. However, more than half of the wine-growing country features estates with over 5 hectares of vineyards, with most of these highly competitive export-wise. Wine estates regarded as large, according to an international standard (consisting of more than 200 hectares), are rare in Austria. Gruner Veltliner's Peppery spice, fruitiness with a usually dry finish. With a share of about a third of Austria's total viticultural area, the Gruner Veltliner is the most important variety grown in Austria. The quality spectrum of the Gruner Veltliner is sweeping, extending from light, effervescent wines that are best drunk young - as "Heuriger" - to Spatlese wines that are rich in extracts and alcohol and thus age particularly well. In Austria, however, it is still very much the tradition to drink the wine as young as possible, which is somewhat regrettable; and to drink them with food, which is absolutely correct. Gruner Veltliner is perhaps the single most versatile food wine in the world, often surpassing even Riesling because of its ability to pair with "difficult" foods such as artichokes and asparagus. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread.
The wines featured will be:
Weingut Groiss, "Landwein", Osterreich 2011
Felsner, "Lossterrassen", Austria 2010
Sepp Moser, "Gebling", Kremstal 2007
Wieninger, "Vienna Hills", Wein 2010
Rudi Pichler, "Federspiel", Wachau 2010
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $20.00 fee per Person.
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