Austrian Wines Make a Big Impression at WBC10

This years US Wine Blogger’s Conference in Walla Walla, Washington was an event to be remembered. Bloggers, industry folk and social media gurus gathered together to embrace the collaboration of the wine world and the internet, to drink good wine and to meet up with friends, old and new.

As the Austrian Wine Marketing Board is the sponsor of the European Wine Blogger’s Conference, to be held in Vienna October 2010, naturally, Austrian wines made an appearance. Poured by EWBC organizers Ryan and Gabriella Opaz of Catavino, Austrian wines were the stars of the opening walk-about tasting Friday afternoon.

Tweets about Austrian wine overtook the #wbc10 hashtag:

@SandraSullivan: Loving the Gruner Veltliner; Loimer 2008, hands down favorite, sometimes finish can be too clean, this one spot-on. #ewbc

@mmalmAustran wines from @ryanopaz – very cool field blend whites #WBC10 http://tweetphoto.com/29089164

@vinonotes: In the sparkling gruner club, are you? #wbc10 #ewbc

@skovi: Met @gabriellaopaz who is promoting great Austrian wines #WBC10 cc @TravelPlusWine #ewbc

@VintageTexas: “@emilyldt: Austrian Blaufrankisch a splash at the Catavino table … yum! @ryanopaz @gabriellaopaz #WBC10 #ewbc

@vinifico: The Gruner Veltliners from the European Wine Bloggers’ Conference folks are delicious! What a great start to the day #ewbc

Anything is possible with gruner veltliner :) #ewbc #wbc10 http://twitpic.com/1zvva3

@HokeHarden: Rudi…Rudi…Rudi! Pichler 2008 Riesling Federspiel #WBC10#ewbc yess good choice!

….To show a few!

The tasting showcased a variety of grapes and regional differences that gave many tasters a first look into the world of Austrian wines. We’re confident they’ll take another look soon!

The display at the WBC 10 was the last of a series of kickoff events held in the US for the EWBC – the first in NYC, the second in Seattle. Many US bloggers engrossed in the momentum of both the WBC and the promise of a similar experience in Vienna have already registered for the EWBC. We hope you can join us too!

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