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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

April 21/11: Austrian Wine Summit for Sommeliers and Wine Media

The Time and Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011  11AM to 2:30 PM
The Event: Virtual Austrian Wine Summit: educational tasting for
sommeliers and wine media. John Szabo, MS, gave an enlightening seminar
on some 9 wines.
The Venue: E11even
The Target Audience: sommeliers and wine media – some 32 attended. It
was packed.
The Availability/Catalogue: wines are available from the agent, some by
The Quote/Background: The seminar, which also explained the changing
designation rules of the EU (with its PGI and PDO terms), was followed
by a light lunch and a tasting of about 24 other Austrian wines.
The Wines:
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Kracher Welschriesling Cuvee Beerenauslese 2008, $21.95 half-bottle 
H.H.D. Imports
-Zahel Cuvee Antares Grand Reserve 2008 Wien, $41.90 Small Winemakers
-Wieninger Pinot Noir Grand Select Wien 2007, Le Sommelier
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Andert St. Laurent Barrique Neusiedlersee 2008, $25.95 Wine & Leisure
-Forstreiter Grooner Gruner Veltliner 2010, $12.90 Lifford
-Heinrich GesmbH St. Laurent Burgenland 2008, $32   Andrews Group
-Meinhardt Hube Sauvignon Blanc Steinbach 2009 Sudsteiermark, $18.90 
Carto Enterprise
-Leth Gruner Veltliner Wagram Steinagrund 2010, $16.95  Vergina
-Loimer Gruner Veltliner Kamptal,  Le Sommelier
-Loimer Pinot Noir Terrassen 2007, Le Sommelier
-Meinklang Gruner Veltliner Neusiedlersee 2009, $15.95  The Living Vine
-Rabl Riesling Steinhaus 2010, $19.95   Thompson Vintage Trade
-Rabl Riesling TBA Kamptal 2007, $47.95 half-bottle  Thompson Vintage
-Salomon Undhof Riesling Kremstal Kogl 2009, $24  Lamprecht
-Schloss Gobelsburg Gruner Veltliner Kammerner Lamm 2007, $45  Andrews
-Winzer Krems Zweigelt St. Severin Niederosterreich 2010, $14.95 
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Kurt Angerer Pinot Noir Niederosterreich 2009, $32  B & W Wines
-Judith Beck Blaufrankisch Altenberg Burgenland 2007, $55  Violet Hill
-Willi Brundlmayer Riesling Steinmassi Kamptal 2008, $29  H.H.D.
-Forstreiter Zweigelt Niederostereich 2009, $12.95  Lifford
-Kracher Chardonnay TBA No. 3 2000 Burgenland, $79 half-bottle
-Laurenz Five Fine Wine Gruner Veltliner Niederosterreich, $16.95 
-Nigl Gruner Veltliner Gartling 2010,  Le Sommelier
-Rabl Gruner Veltliner Kaferberg Reserve 2009, $24.95  Thompson Vintage
-Rabl Vinum Optimum Gruner Veltliner 2009,  Thompson
-Rabl Gruner Veltliner Spiegel Kamptal 2010, $16.95 Thompson
-Rabl St. Laurent Kamptal 2009, $18  Thompson
-Hannes Sabathi Sauvignon Blanc Klassik Sudsteiermark 2010, $20.35 
Nokhrin Wines
-Salomon Undhof Gruner Veltliner Wieden & Berg Kremstal 2009, $19.50 
-Salomon Undhof Gruner Veltliner Von Stein Reserve Kremstal 2006, $39 
-Schmelz Gruner Veltliner Pichl-Point Smaragd Wachau 2007, $39 
Thompson Vintage Trade
-Stadlmann St.Laurent Thermenregion 2009, Le Sommelier
-Winzer Krems Gruner Veltliner Niederosterreich 2009, $ 10.95 
-Zantho GmbH St. Laurent Neusiedlersee 2009, $19.25  Maison InVino
The Food: lunch was a warm beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts,
crab cake with a mustard remoulade and green salad, and key lime pie.
The crab cake was superb, the key lime pie slowed me down for the rest
of the day.
The Downside: I got lost finding the tasting quarters. And there was
little elbow room for tasting the non-seminar wines.
The Upside: I was very glad that the seminar had returned to the Spring
Austrian wine show.
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness of this Event (numerical grade): 90.

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