This Wednesday — Meet the Winemakers: Austrian Edition

Not sure about you, but here at Flatiron, we cannot get enough Austrian wine. We love Gruner Veltliner, and Riesling, of course, but we also love the lesser known grapes of this great winemaking nation. We are very excited to have two fantastic Austrian winemakers in the shop this Wednesday, April 11th, from 5 until 7pm. From the Wachau, we have Josef Fischer, pouring two single vineyard Grüner Veltliners and one Riesling. These wines sing with precision -- they show you exactly what they are and where they are from. When a winemaker focuses all of his or her energy on one or two varieties, it is a beautiful thing. From Styria, further South, we have Christophe Neumeister, who makes wines ... Read More »

Hirsch: The Upper Echelon of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner

I enjoyed a stunning reminder of just how profound Johannes Hirsch’s wines are when I was at an Austrian wine tasting this past June. Not that I ever really forget, but it was still amazing to see just how next-level the wines seemed even when surrounded by many of Austria's other great producers. Even more shocking, the Hirsch line up was all 2013 and 2014s – not the already legendary (and mostly not yet released or, admittedly, ready-to-drink) 2015s. It may be a cliché, but my first take-away from the tasting was that it's true: buy the producer, not the vintage. Good producers' wines will reflect the vintage, without allowing inherent quality levels to waver. And in the hands of very ... Read More »

2014 Emmerich Knoll Riesling, Gruner Veltliner & Rosé!

The Emmerich Knoll estate is perhaps the most famous and well regarded in Austria’s Wachau. Knoll has holdings in the top vineyards around Loiben as well as the Grand Cru of Pfaffenberg in Kremstal, an impressively steep cliff located just where the Danube bends toward the town of Krems.  2014 was a fascinating vintage in Austria. When visiting last August, all the growers recounted the same terrible memories of an exceptionally challenging harvest that was cool and wet. It required a massive amount of extra effort, labor, and expense to pick the ripest and cleanest grapes. And yet all the growers also expressed bright and happy relief because the resulting wines are astonishingly good! Pleasurable, ... Read More »