The season starts around mid-April and ends on the 24th of June. Spargelsaison. The Germans are crazy about their asparagus but I’m wondering if the Austrians isn’t taking it even a step further? Don’t get me wrong. [...]
Once an important Jewish community. Deutschkreutz. After the expulsion, ordered by the Emperor Leopold I, ended in 1671, many Jews settled again in the Hungarian kingdom. The village of Deutschkreutz, back then named Németkeresztúr, became a haven for Jews. But then, after the world [...]
I’m at my second Himmelreich. Vineyard visit that is. However, the Donnerskirchen site is not as well-known as the German counterpart in Mosel. At least not yet.
It’s a beautiful morning. Hot already. Leaving Rust and the liquid gold, the primary goal is now what I’ve mostly looked forward to; Blaufränkisch. The Himmelreich site is [...]
Blind tastings. What’s it good for? Is it just for the ego and a way to boost the self-confidence when nailing a wine? Or perhaps a need to separate the good tasters from the great? A sort of worshipping for wine geeks. Some would argue blind tastings makes no-one happy. Why compare wine? Is there [...]
Hot summers and cold winters. The Neusiedlersee basically does all the work. Without the lake acting as a temperature-regulator, the region would probably not have the high humidity and fogs of the fall. In other words; Botrytis Cinerea is a common and most welcome returning guest – if you’re into residual sugar…
I really can’t get it out of my mind. Is it simply all about different expectations?
I’m at the Weingut Netzl in Göttlesbrunn, tasting my way through a Zweigelt line-up. We’re in the center of Zweigelt land, in the region of Carnuntum, an old Roman army camp. Here Zweigelt reigns, a crossing between [...]
I’m strolling with Beethoven. I know, much has happened since the summer of 1803, when Ludwig van Beethoven lived here and wrote a substantial part of his Eroica. Döbling was likely more of a small village [...]
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