Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Hard Charging Austrians!

If you around my age then you can remember Austrian skier Franz Klammer's hard charging downhill run to win gold at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics, if you didn't see it click here.

What does Franz Klammer have to do with a blog post on Austrian wine? Well, nothing really except that for most of us all we knew of Austria was that they had world class downhill skiers. That has certainly changed, in fact the Austrians have a long tradition of fine wine production, it's just that we weren't really in touch with it here in New York City until the last decade or so. A couple of years ago I went to Austria and sampled some great wines which we were happy to carry in the store. Perhaps you remember some of the producers, Bauer, Hillinger, Steininger, Tegernseerhof?

Unfortunately, due to a variety of factors in the market, we were unable to stock some of these wines for a while. Happily I am able to report that because of a new dedicated distributor a lot of our favorites are back! Here's a short list of some of these wines, and a few other Austrian selections as well. Please try them, they are great.

Steininger "Young" $13.99 - delightful blend of grüner veltliner, sauvignon blanc, and muskateller, light and fun
Artner Rosé $13.99 - one of our favorite rosés this year, zweigelt and blaufränkisch, juicy, full, and dry
Bauer Gmörk Grüner Veltliner $13.99 - earthy savory with crisp citrus
Berger Zweigelt $15.99 - one liter bottle with a cap, cherry/plum, earthy, delicious 
Hillinger Small Hill Red $18.99 - merlot, pinot noir, st. laurent, smooth and plush blue fruits
Bauer Riesling "Berg" $19.99 - dry, limey citrus, oyster mushroom
Tegernseerhof Riesling Terrassen $22.99 - superb dry riesling, floral, mineral
Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner "Im Weingebirge" $33.99 - serious and complex dry white wine, citrus, mushroom, white pepper, mineral
Tegernseerhof Grüner Veltliner "Höhereck" $48.99 - rich and complex, from hand worked terraced vineyard in the Wachau


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