Category Archives: Austria

A stellar Austrian red to start the year off right

Here are a few recommendations from my January 1 Washington Post column, including one of the best red wines I’ve tasted from Austria. I had the pleasure of visiting Franz Netzl and his family in December 2012 in Göttlesbrunn, in Carnuntum, just … Continue reading

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Wine sparkles around the world

In case you missed last Wednesday’s Washington Post Food section, here are five sparkling wines from around the world worth brightening your holiday celebrations: Champagne may be the ne plus ultra of sparkling wine, but wineries around the world produce … Continue reading

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Austrian Wine: More Diverse Than You Think

Mention Austrian wine and  you might spark a discussion about Grüner Veltliner and Zweigelt. These are the best known white and red grapes of Austria, respectively, and the country can legitimately claim them as “native” grapes. I’ve probably helped this … Continue reading

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Austria in the Whirlwind

“We wanted to take a vacation once a year,” Martin Nigl said, explaining why his family dropped mixed farming of crops and livestock to specialize in wine grapes. “You can’t take a vacation from cows.” That’s a common theme among … Continue reading

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What I did this summer …

Hi Everyone – You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted here for quite some time. Some of you have even asked about my health – I’m fine, thank you – or if I’ve quit writing about wine. Definitely not – … Continue reading

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Wine vs. Beer Smackdown!

Wine lovers can spend hours debating wine-food pairings (just one reason we are so boring to our children), and there are certain meals we dismiss as “beer food.” These are usually spicy or cheap, and casual – in other words, … Continue reading

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Pinot Reigns Supreme at IPNC

Everything you may have ever heard about the International Pinot Noir Celebration is true. Over the past 23 Julys, pinotpheliacs have congregated in McMinnville, Oregon, to spend a weekend pickling themselves in their favorite wine. This year’s IPNC, held July … Continue reading

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The Terroirists Are Coming!

The €œReturn to Terroir€ tasting came to Washington this week, courtesy of the French Wine Society. It wasn€™t as big a tasting as in New York the day before, but I only had to find parking along Reservoir Rd., not … Continue reading

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Gobelsburger Riesling 2007, $20

I’ll admit it – I’m a fan of dry Riesling. Sure, I like the sweet ones, too, but a good, crisp dry Riesling can be just as thrilling as an unctuous, honeyed nectar of a late harvest wine. The problem … Continue reading

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The Green Revolution

Wine is going green. Like many of us trying to shrink our “carbon footprints” by using less electricity, recycling, or driving hybrid cars, the wine industry is becoming increasingly earth-friendly. At the Fair Lakes Whole Foods Market in Fairfax, Va., … Continue reading

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