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Tasting Games: Sauvignon Blanc

Continuing on our path of the exploration of the flavors of some of our favorite grapes, we’re headed south today to Styria (aka Steiermark) where Sauvignon Blanc’s production, making up 12.10% of the total vineyard area, is tied for second-most with Weissburgunder and behind Welschriesling, but to a large degree Sauvignon Blanc is Styria’s specialty. […]

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12 Days of Austrian Wine Day #4: Zweigelt

On the fourth day of Austrian wine, my true love gave to me: Zweigelt! Only 89 years young, Zweigelt is yet another crowd-pleasing grape. This little number is a cross between Balufrankisch and St. Laurent, originally created in 1922 by Dr. Fritz Zweigelt, though it was birthed under another name. It wasn’t until the 1970’s […]

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Happy Cabernet Day!

It’s Cabernet Sauvignon day today and although it’s not our specialty, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to let you know a little more about Cabernet Sauvignon in Austria. In 2009, Cabernet Sauvignon made up approximately 1.3% of the annual production – about 590 of the roughly 46,000 hectares of vine in the […]

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Grape-off: WBC Blaufränkisch to Blaufränkisch

There is an old saying that copying someone is the oldest form of flattery. In the past few years, native Austrian grape varietals have seen increased popularity and, naturally, others around the world are beginning to plant them. Although “Lemberger” (another name for Blaufränkisch) has been around for a decent amount of time in the […]

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