Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s signature white wine. It’s the name of the grape and the wine: Austria is in the minority of European countries that call their wines by the varieties, as we do here in the U.S. France, Italy, and Spain, by contrast, mostly name their wines by appellations (Bordeaux, Chianti, Rioja, and so […]
With his long hair, Matt Goddard looks a bit like a bass player from a progressive rock band. But he’s a scientist, and his field of interest is microbial ecology. Goddard’s particular interest of late is wine yeasts. He uses modern genetic techniques to answer one of the long-standing controversies in the wine world: Can […]
There are more than 70 countries worldwide producing wine. Historically, 90 percent of the world’s wine came from 15 countries, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. To understand the global spectrum, we analyzed data from Wine-Searcher.com and compiled the most expensive wine from every country. From the Old World usual suspects, to […]
While cool-climate Austria is known for its white wines, its reds are intriguing as well, particularly from the charming and versatile Zweigelt grape. Created in the 1920s by crossing Austria’s two other most prominent red grape varieties, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent, Zweigelt is now the most planted red grape in the country.
Ever look at a few wine labels and find your eyes swimming in what looks like code? You’re not the only one. Among the myriad pieces of intel crunched onto each label (producer, grape variety) is the wine’s appellation, usually designated by a two-to-four-letter acronym. Written as abbreviations such as AVA, AOP, and DOC, appellations […]
Last month, the managing partner and wine director of La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, arguably the hottest industry hangout in NYC, hosted an invite-only launch party. It wasn’t for a new wine import. It was to celebrate a line of glassware from an under-the-radar Austrian label, MarkThomas.
One of my favorite parts of traveling to another wine-producing country is seeing what local wines are available. Even a trip to the grocery store can be an envy-inducing exploration of just how much less expensive wines are before entering the U.S. three-tier distribution system.
While Riesling is very successful in Austria’s vineyards, the country’s signature white grape is Grüner Veltliner. A less aromatic grape variety, Grüner Veltliner is known for its bright acidity, food-friendliness, lip-smacking citrus, herbal spice, and strong minerality. While Grüners labeled Reserve (or Smaragd in the Wachau) can be quite rich, the average Grüner Veltliner is […]
Around this time of year, the outskirts of Vienna become a lively, tipsy scene as people flock to the patios of the Heuriger. These taverns celebrate the harvest season by pouring wine from the nearby vineyards, or even unfermented juice from the latest grape haul. Quite likely, the liter-sized bottle that awaits on your table […]