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 [...]
“Urknall,” Alfred says. “You know, the start of universe, the big bang theory.”
“This is the German word for it, Urknall.”
The surroundings are just dreamlike. We’re sitting in a saint-like memorial place just outside Horitschon, an oasis in the middle of a vineyard. In one corner there’s a statue. Maybe [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Some would say it’s complete madness, serving the Gernot and Heike Heinrich 2006 Salzberg next to the 2006 Chateau Mouton-Rotschild in a blind tasting. I say it’s a sign of confidence.
Four days of intense traveling in the regions of Wien, Carnuntum and Burgenland are over. Filled with impressions from the respective regions, great meetings [...]
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