Flatiron's Guide to Austrian Wine, Part 4: Burgenland & Steiermark Hit the Spot

Flatiron's Guide to Austrian Wine, Part 4: Burgenland & Steiermark Hit the Spot

Few things are as exciting as realizing you are experiencing an undiscovered phenomenon. Like your cousin who was playing Nirvana tapes before they hit the radio, or the line cook flipping burgers next to Danny Meyer. You vibrate with the energy of the thing, you can’t wait for it to infect everyone else. You start passing out cassette tapes and inviting your friends out to dinner.

Today, that’s me and Burgenland.

Clara Dalzell
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An Introduction to the Wines of Beaujolais: Why Everyone Should Love Beaujolais!

An Introduction to the Wines of Beaujolais: Why Everyone Should Love Beaujolais!

Beaujolais has been one of our favorites since we opened Flatiron. There’s probably no region that we, the Flatiron staff, drink more regularly.  This blog shares all the reasons we love Beaujolais wine and why you should too!
Maggie Scudder
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Flatiron's Guide to Austrian Wine, Part 3: Niederösterreich is Never a Bad Idea

Flatiron's Guide to Austrian Wine, Part 3: Niederösterreich is Never a Bad Idea

With such diversity it can be hard to summarize the region’s wine style. But to us, the heart of the matter is that Lower Austria gives us authentic wines. And best of all, they do this at incredibly fair prices.
Clara Dalzell
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Flatiron's Guide to Austrian Wine, Part 2: Willkommen to the Wachau!

Flatiron's Guide to Austrian Wine, Part 2: Willkommen to the Wachau!

The Wachau Valley is the epicenter of Austria’s greatest wines. In fact, to many wine consumers, the wines of the Wachau are the wines of Austria. 


While that sentiment sells Austria short, ignoring many diverse and excellent wine regions, it’s not baseless. The Wachau’s vineyards, defined 1,000 years ago by local monks, are still recognized today for producing some of the world’s greatest white wines.

Clara Dalzell
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The Barolo Breakdown, Part 5: Monforte d’Alba

The Barolo Breakdown, Part 5: Monforte d’Alba

Monforte shines through its sheer diversity. 

It does have quite a bit of limestone in its soils, but less than Serralunga, and in general the soil types, altitudes and orientations are as mixed up in Monforte as in any other village. 

Jeff Patten
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Flatiron's Guide to Austrian Wine, Part 1: Tiny Country, Mighty Wines!

Flatiron's Guide to Austrian Wine, Part 1: Tiny Country, Mighty Wines!

It’s an exciting time to discover the wines of Austria. The dynamic styles produced by the technically proficient graduates of the Klosterneuburg juxtapose the experimental natural winemakers breaking the mold in every region.
Clara Dalzell
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The Barolo Breakdown, Part 4: Castiglione di Falletto

The Barolo Breakdown, Part 4: Castiglione di Falletto

I adore Castiglione di Falletto because it is balanced.  The best wines possess a regalness and composure that is only possible when you stray from the opposite ends of a spectrum and wander towards the happy middle.  

Here you have wines that do have intense structure and aromas – of course, as this is Barolo! – but also poise. 

Jeff Patten
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Barolo Breakdown, Part 3: Barolo

Barolo Breakdown, Part 3: Barolo

These vineyards only make up about 10% of the DOC Barolo, but they make a far larger percentage of the best known wine, and 100% of the village is entitled to produce Nebbiolo called Barolo.
Jeff Patten
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Barolo Breakdown, Part 1: La Morra

Barolo Breakdown, Part 1: La Morra

La Morra is a very important village! And not just because it’s charming to visit and has a number of top producers and vineyard sites. 

It’s also important because it produces a lot of wine! Look at any map of Barolo’s villages and  you’ll see that La Morra is a giant blob taking over the entire northwest corner of the area. This blob produces around 25% of all Barolo.

Jeff Patten
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The Ultimate Guide to the Terroir of Sancerre, Part 4: Oxfordian Limestone

The Ultimate Guide to the Terroir of Sancerre, Part 4: Oxfordian Limestone

This is the fourth and final post in our complete guide to the terroir of Sancerre. We're tacking the most common soil type in the region: Oxfordian Limestone!
JR Thomason
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The Ultimate Guide to Sancerre, Part 3: Kimmeridgian Limestone

The Ultimate Guide to Sancerre, Part 3: Kimmeridgian Limestone

Perhaps no other soil holds as much appeal to terroir-focused wine drinkers as Kimmeridgian limestone. It's a key ingredient in all the Grands Crus of Chablis and many of the greatest Champagnes of the Côtes des Blancs. You also find it in Sancerre.
JR Thomason
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The Ultimate Guide to Sancerre, Part Two: Silex

The Ultimate Guide to Sancerre, Part Two: Silex

To get a better look at the terrors of Sancerre, there's no better place to start than the flinty (aka "silex") soils on the eastern edges of Sancerre. This Q&A should give you a good idea what Sancerre on Silex is all about!
Maggie Scudder
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