Wine Know-how

How To Read A German Wine Label

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Many are intimidated by German wines, and think those long words are impossible to understand. Besides, who knows what the wine inside actually tastes like? But it’s not so very difficult. You really only need to know two things to understand the basics of the German wine label. First, like Burgundy, place is the critical distinguishing mark. If there is a specific vineyard, it will be the first thing named. And, like Burgundy, there will be a town first and then the vineyard. Thus, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, the Sonnenuhr (sundial) vineyard ...

Greet the Grape – St. Laurent

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Sankt Laurent
Meet Saint Laurent, one in the Triad of Important Austrian Red Wine Grapes. “You have to be a little crazy to grow this varietal ” winemaker Birgit Braunstein once confessed to me, “but I believe the rewards merit the pain of it all.”

The Wine and Cheese Pairing Guide – Grape by Grape, Cheese by Cheese

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Grape by grape, cheese by cheese-- this is your guide for how to pair them up. Check back often and much as new pairings are added...

Greet the Grape: Neuburger

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Neuburger—in fact, the “new citizen,” is one of these extraordinary products of ampelographic promiscuity—Roter Veltliner mating with Señora Sylvaner

Greet the Grape: Zierfandler

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

A precious and endangered species peculiar to the Thermenregion—with a few rows of vines planted within the city limits of Vienna—Zierfandler resulted from a spontaneous crossing of Roter Veltliner and an unidentified Traminer-like vine.

Greet the Grape: Zweigelt

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

While occasionally profound, Zweigelt is so frequently delicious, and handles such a wide range of culinary demands, that one is amazed at its versatility. Try it with highfalutin’ Mexican cuisine, molé or adobo—take it to tandoori, pair it with panang—Zweigelt paints the very picture of panache…

Ice Wine (aka: Eiswein, Icewein, Icewine, Eiswine)

Wednesday, October 19th, 2005

Frozen VineFrozen Vines
Ice wine has German roots, which is why you will commonly see the German spellings for ice, "Eis” and Wine, "Wein" combined as Eiswein. You will also come across a host of incorrect mixes of the two languages creating spellings such as Eiswine and icewein. You may also find it called Vin de Glacier and Ledove Vino. But all of them refer to one thing: Wine, made from grapes which have frozen on the vine.



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