Archive for September, 2005

2002 Austrian Vintage Report

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

From the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, January 2003 The beginning of this otherwise capricious year was unspectacular. A mild, dry winter was followed by an amiable and equally dry spring marked by several warm, sunny days as early as March and April. The resulting early budding and flowering at the end of May was unproblematic. After several very hot days in June, which remained the warmest of the entire year, a variable July followed. Continued warm weather interspersed with thundershowers brought a lead in fruit maturity that appeared to rival that of ...

2001 Austrian Vintage Report

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

From the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, March 2002 A dry winter which was so mild that it hardly deserved to be called winter at all was followed in most wine-growing areas by a spring that was dry and pleasant, allowing the vines to develop normally. The hot and summery weather in May even brought to mind the heat records of 2000. After a good blossoming period right up to mid-June a cool and rainy July finally brought the much-needed precipitation and a chance for the plants to recuperate. August was so ...

2000 Austrian Vintage Report

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

From the Austrian Wine Marketing Board The expectations aroused by the 2000 vintage were bringing smiles to the faces of Austrian wine-growers and wine-lovers as early as Advent. Nevertheless, it is well to be cautious in judging the ultimate quality of such a promising vintage; many of the young wines have yet to be bottled and are still at a very early stage of their development. But let's stop to consider briefly how such an extreme year produced such pleasant and anything but extreme results. Following a rather wet winter devoid of ...

Austrian Riesling vs. German and Alsatian Riesling

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

Riesling Grape
Robert Parker Jr., the famous American wine critic, calls the best Rieslings of the Wachau “some of the finest white wines made”. On how they compare to Rieslings from other regions, he goes on to say that “Austrian Rieslings are extremely distinctive from those produced in Alsace or Germany. They have a harmony between acidity and fruit found in French Rieslings, as well as the sharp focus found in the Germans.” Perhaps just one man’s opinion, but British Riesling “specialist” Stuart Pigott has ...

Melon KISS – a dessert recipe

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

Melon KISSPrep Time: 5 minutes
Is putting together appetizers and dinner all you can handle? Are you having your boss (or in-laws, or colleagues, or good friends) over and want to impress? Forget picking something up from the bakery or whipping something up that came out of a box: this is the fastest, easiest dessert you have ever put together and it is just shockingly good. You will look, quite frankly, like a culinary genius. Best yet, there’s no cooking involved: if you can cut with ...

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Sunday, September 18th, 2005

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