Wednesday, May 16th, marked a momentous occasion for Austrian wine lovers in New York City. Crush Wine & Spirit’s Stephen Bitterolf, in conjunction with Wolfgang Ban and Seasonal Restaurant, invited dinner patrons to the restaurant for a four-course- Austrian wine extravaganza.
Unlike traditional wine dinners where the food and wine pairings are set ahead of time this was an open-reign affair offering patrons the chance to experience Austrian wine in a way they haven’t before through wines provided by the growers, Crush, and/or wines attendees brought from their own cellars.
Scallops, Cucumber & Basil
Smoked Salmon, Mustard, Honey
Pork Tenderloin, Kale, Potato Dumplings
Veal Cheeks, Paprika, Peppers, Spätzle
Wines in the Haus…
NV Gobelsburg “Brut Reserve”
From Our Cellar & the Winemakers’ Cellars
2001 Prager Grüner Achleiten Smaragd MAGNUM
2002 Brundlmayer Riesling Heiligenstein MAGNUM
2004 Moric Blaufränkisch Neckenmakter Alte Reben MAGNUM
2005 Tinhof Leithaberg Weiss MAGNUM
2006 Prager Riesling Achleiten Smaragd MAGNUM
2007 Moric Blaufränkisch Lutzmannsberg Alte Reben MAGNUM
2010 Neumayer Grüner MAGNUM
2010 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner DOUBLE-MAGNUM
2010 Rudi Pichler Grüner Smaragd MAGNUM
Dining guests brought wines from many regions in Austria and from many years! The oldest wine: a 1969 Weissburgunder by Brundlmayer – full of prune, but still lively! Second oldest: Kirchmayer Neuburger Podersdorf 1971 …. and that’s the current vintage!
Stephen said it best in his opening speech describing why he has been working to do something like this for so long:
…thanks to everyone for coming… and I want to congratulate you all, because if you’re here you are a part of the wine intelligensia, the wine elite! – because you KNOW how good these wines are, how pure, how honest, how singular. in a VERY short period of time, from a VERY small piece of land, Austrian wines have made a huge and important contribution to the international landscape of wine… it’s been sort of a miraculous journey. and there is so much more to discover, as more and more collectors start putting these wines in their cellars… and bring them out with age, to discover just how much depth and complexity there is here…
So PROST! to all that attended and special thanks to Seasonal Restaurant and Crush Wine & Spirits for their continued support- it was truly an experience!
Check out their website for additional photos and for the Crush Wine Press – a quarterly publication created by Crush Wine & Spirits and this time it’s all about Austria!