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Let it Snow! Give and Get Ice Wine for the Holidays


Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Give our Ice Wine Flight
What fits the season better than a bottle of Ice Wine? Send Ice Wine as gifts for everyone on your list, and be sure to have some delivered to yourself for all of your holiday entertaining. Give a single bottle, or give our set of three bottles Ice Wine Flight. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Gsellmann & Hans Ice Wine 2003 Bottle $26.99 / Case $323.88 True ...

Winemonger Wines Score Big in Wine Spectator


Monday, May 21st, 2007

Wine Spectator magazine's June 15th issue includes its annual Austria focus, and we are pleased to see that many of the wineries imported by Winemonger have come away with the highest scores and accolades.
In fact, it's two years in a row now that Wine Spectator magazine has featured Johann Donabaum, which may officially signal that he is no longer an "up-and-comer", but has, in fact, arrived. Last year they named him as one of three vintners in the Wachau region leading the ...

Velich Scores Parker Points


Monday, September 11th, 2006

While we would never recommend one judge a wine solely by the points it recieves from one critic or another, we do understand that these scores can help as a guide when you are exploring wines you may not be familiar with. And if ever there was an influential and respected guide, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate is it. In the most recent issue (#166), the Austrian wine expert, David Schildknecht, gives his reviews of the current vintage of Austrian wines. His coverage is exhaustive, and we would highly recommend ...

BBQ WINES


Monday, June 26th, 2006

It's time to fire up the grill! Here are our picks for the perfect wines to pair with whatever you're tossing onto those coals. And might we suggest an easy-quaffing white while you wait for those briquets to get hot? Chill up a bottle of the JOHANN (just $12.50). This refreshing white wine is perfect for sipping while you wait for everything to cook! GRILL IT AND PAIR IT: RED WINES
Big and Bold These spicy and hearty reds pair perfectly with all manner of grilled ...

The Dessert Wines of Austria – An Overview


Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Austrian Dessert Wines
It could easily be argued that Austria is the historic center of the world of sweet dessert wines. In fact, the first recorded sweet wine created from nobly rotted grapes comes from near the Neusiedler Lake in the Burgenland region of Austria. Found in a barrel inscribed with a date of 1526, it was a Trockenbeerenauslese from the Donnerskirchen Mountains that was enjoyed until 1852 (now that’s some cellar life!) Nearby, in the town of Rust, history tells ...

Thanksgiving Wine Pairing the Winemonger Way


Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Check out our updated 2006 Thanksgiving pairing guide with wine ideas from around the world Thanksgiving TurkeyIt’s turkey time again! This is one of my all-time, favorite meals of the year. In my book, it has it all: a gorgeous roasted bird, varied seasonal side dishes, and great wine pairing options. And, oh yes, pumpkin pie. It might surprise you that perhaps the best suited wines for your very American holiday meal are the wines of Austria. And I’m not just saying that because that’s what ...

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.

What’s a Ruster Ausbruch?


Monday, October 10th, 2005

R is for RustR is for Rust
Ruster Ausbruch is a sweet dessert wine. But before we plunge into the whys and hows of the wine, let’s take a look at the name itself: “Ruster”, pronounced “Rooster”, simply means that it comes from the town of Rust (again, pronounced “Roost”) in the Burgenland region of Austria. “Ausbruch,” (pronounced “AHS-brook”) comes from the German word “Ausbrechen” which means to “break out.” In this context it ...

Halloween Sweet Wines Tasting Notes Contest


Monday, October 10th, 2005

Trick or Treat! Why should kids get all the sweet treats on Halloween? To help celebrate All Hallow's Eve this year, Winemonger is offering 10% off on all of our sweet wine flights and... ...hosting a sweet wine tasting notes contest! Until November 1st, 2005, the following sweet wine flights are 10% off: Burgenland Eiswein Trockenbeerenauslese Off-Dry Austrians Vertical Dessert Once you've tasted, please send us your Halloween-esque tasting note. For example, "...boasts rich pear and dried apricot aromas that carry a 'frightening' hint of volatility. Would 'spook' ...

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