Wine Tasting - Austrian Riesling|
JANUARY 23RD 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Austrian Riesling, for inclusion on our list. Keven Ring 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. 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. With a share of about a third of Austria's total viticultural area, the Gruner Veltliner is the most important variety grown in Austria. Riesling is the second leading white grape varietal after the indigenous Gruner Veltliner. Austrian Riesling is generally thick bodied, coating the palate and producing a strong clarity of flavour coupled with a mouthwatering aroma. A particular Austrian Riesling trademark is a long finish that includes hints of white pepper. It flourishes in the cool climate and free-draining granite and mica soil of the Wachau region where Austrian wine laws allow for irrigation. With levels normally around 13% it has a relatively high alcohol content for Riesling and is generally at its peak after 5 years. Austrian Riesling is not known for its sweetness and is mostly dry with very few grapes affected by botrytis. 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. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Steininger, "Riesling Sekt", Niederosterreich 2010
Steininger, Kamptal 2010
Anton Bauer, "Berg", Wagram 2011
Tegernseerhof, "Terrassen", Wachau 2011
Tegernseerhof, "Loibenberg", Smaragd, Wachau 2005
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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