Austrian Riesling

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Austrian Riesling With the focus around here on keeping cool and refreshed, it’s no surprise that we’re on a dry Riesling kick. Dry Riesling can be wonderfully brisk and clear, the perfect wine for summer scorchers, but it’s also superbly food-friendly with the foods you might turn to during these summer days: namely take-out, thinking spicy Thai, Chinese or sushi!

Of course, you can also opt to ‘cook’ as well, say a nice chicken salad, or some shellfish with a nice Dijonaise dressing over greens, all paired with a nice heirloom tomato salad. Now that sounds both cooling and freaking delicious. The only thing missing is a great, powerful, rich yet bright and minerally Austrian Riesling!

Now, before you jump down my throat, let me just say that I am dismayed by the prices some of these wines are fetching, but that doesn’t make them any better or worse. It simply changes their value proposition and that is something I will leave to each of you. I can’t say these are killer values, but they are unique expressions of the beauty that is Riesling, so give them a try when you can; hot weather optional!

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  • Mayer am Pfarrplatz in Vienna is not only an outstanding winery, belonging to the WienWein group, but also a fantastic "Heuriger", i.e. wine tavern. I enjoyed very much an evening at the Mayer am Pfarrplatz last year with the WienWein makers group The "Gemischte Satz" - field blend - is increasingly becoming popular in Vienna.

    Jul 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM

  • Excellent selection, now I know what was missing in my cellar. Thanks!

    Jul 21, 2011 at 2:20 PM

  • Snooth User: Tollig
    558655 4

    Dismayed at the prices? Why is it that Riesling is always undervalued. People gladly pay huge amounts for chardonnay, from burgundy or elsewhere, but complain if a good quality riesling cost more than $25. Top quality German and Austrian Riesling are among the best white wines in the world. If anything,they should cost more.

    Jul 21, 2011 at 4:48 PM

  • .... and what in the blue blazes is "butcher's wax". Hoist on your own petard, Gregory. Just too, too pretentious.

    Jul 21, 2011 at 8:26 PM

  • I have the benefiit of living in Vienna (not far from Mayer am Pfarrplatz). The value of the wine in Austria should not be in dispute. Also the tendency is to get what you pay for.
    The best white wines are long lasting but drink well from an early age. The Rieslings can be magnificent but so too the signature grape, Gruener Veltliner (also most versatile) and there are some stunning Sauvignon Blanc (complex and long). Most of the wine is drunk within Austria (sadly for the rest of you) but some excellent ones escape the border. I have the Prager Klaus in my collection. I recommend it.

    Jul 22, 2011 at 1:53 AM

  • Snooth User: kmackie
    451384 21

    You missed the winery, which I believe makes the best Austrian Riesling and that is Weingut Tegernseerhof! Well priced and UNBELIEVABLE quality!

    Jul 22, 2011 at 8:26 AM

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