Austrian Wine Month

As many of you know, Frank and I were fortunate enough to do a wine trip to Austria several years ago. While there, we fell in love with Austrian whites—Gruner Veltliner especially, but also Riesling and several blends that joined Gruner with other lesser known varieties like Gelber Muskateller and Welschriesling. In the years since, Austrian reds have come on strong. In addition to the native Blaufrankisch, Saint Laurent and Zweigelt (the last a grape developed as a cross of the first two), there is also some very solid Pinot Noir coming mostly from the Burgenland.

Earlier in the year, we were contacted by one of our distributors from whom we buy a lot of our Austrian wines, about participating in “Austrian Wine Month,” from May 8th-June 7th. Usually we are not big on marketing plans to promote someone’s wines but, . . . this month is timed with the arrival of the new vintage whites and we do love Austrian wines and think that if more people were exposed to them, they would too! We said okay, we’ll participate.

Agreeing to participate meant only two requirements: first, that we tell you about some Austrian wines that we enjoy; and secondly, that we host a tasting of Austrian wines—that’s easy! Our Austrian wine tasting is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th, at 5:30. It will be led by Winthrop Pennock, of Artisanal Cellars and will focus on new vintage whites. There is a $25 tasting fee that includes light food pairings by North End Butchers. Reservations are necessary. Please call (802) 246-6400.

Selecting wines was a lot harder than arranging a tasting; we really do like a lot of Austrian wines! We decided that we should choose at least one wine from each major growing region, that we should have whites and reds that represent the varietals most associated with those regions, and that we had to limit ourselves to one bubbly (that was really hard!).

The major regions responsible for the highest quality wines in Austria are Niederosterreich or Lower Austria; Burgenland; and Steiermark, also known as Styria. Lower Austria, ironically enough, is in the northeast part of Austria. The areas above the Danube—Wagram, Kamptal and Wachau, are the regions from which the creme de la creme of Austria’s dry white wines derive. In the area of Lower Austria southwest of Vienna, Carnuntum and Themenregion, the climate is warmer, allowing the classic red varieties of Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt to ripen. The Burgenland, southeast of Vienna, produces full-bodied, rich reds and delicious dessert wines. Finally, Styria, located in the southeast, bordering Slovenia, produces terrific whites, including elegant Sauvignon Blancs and rich Gelber Muskateller.

There really is something for everyone in Austrian wines. We hope that you will embark on a little wine journey with us this month, discovering the breadth of Austrian wines and appreciating the quality of wines you get for the price.  Our picks for the month, along with descriptions from Winthrop, Klaus  or me, are posted separately.




April-May Tastings

Saturday, April 27th, 2:00-5:00
Open House

We have teamed up with our neighbors to host a sampling of independently-owned, artisanal products that are offered by your independent, local wine merchant, butcher, and baker. Bring friends, encounter more friends and enjoy a lovely afternoon socializing while sampling interesting and delicious foods and wines.

Taste local, taste global and buy local and independent!


Saturday, May 11th, 5:30
New Vintage Austrian Wines with Winthrop Pennock and Rafael Flores, Artisanal Cellars
We are very excited to receive new vintages, because there are always surprises and new favorites, like last year’s Anton Bauer, Gmork. The new vintages of the Austrian whites are arriving in mid-April, so we are scheduling a tasting to share our discoveries with you. On that April boat is the new vintage of the perennial rosé favorite, Tegernseerhof. Join us to explore Austrian wines. We’re sure that they will become some of your favorites too!

Reservations necessary @ (802)246-6400. Tasting fee: $25, plus tax, includes light food pairings from North End Butchers.



February Wine Tasting Events

Saturday, February 2, 12:00 to 5:00
Open House with North End Butchers

Food and wine samples, music by Jennie Reichmann and Steve Proctor.
Come join us to see how we “flow” between our new shop, North End Butchers
and Jasmine’s Bakery.
Complimentary–bring your friends and stop by to say hello!

Saturday, February 9, 5:30
Bordeaux Tasting with Joe Hurley, Certified Specialist of Wine

Our friend Joe will guide us through a tasting of wines from Bordeaux.
Light food prepared by North End Butchers will be paired with some of the wines.
Tasting fee: $25, plus tax; reservations suggested (802-246-6400).

Saturday, February 16, 5:30
Spanish Tasting with Marty

Tasting fee: $25, plus tax; reservations suggested (802-246-6400).

Saturday, February 23, 5:30
Wines of Saint Cosme, Southern Rhone

Kate Krause, of Craft and Estate Wines, is leaving her warm Virginia home to come up to Windham Wines and share her insight into the wines of Saint Cosme, an estate that has been in the Barruol family for 14 generations, continuously planted to vines since 1570. Louis Barruol, the current vigneron, describes his commitment to organic practices as “trying to do only nice things (to the vines) every day.” His philosophy is to make wines that “express their terroir with purity and personality.” We believe that he has succeeded. Reserve your spot to taste his wines from across the Cotes du Rhone appellation, including Chateauneuf. Light food pairings prepared by North End Butchers.
Tasting fee: $25, plus tax; reservations please (802-246-6400).

New Tastings for YOU!

Spanish Natural Wines
Saturday, November 10th, 5:00 pm

Led by Chris Barnes, Jose Pastor Selections
Jose Pastor’s portfolio of Spanish wines focuses on producers who favor grapes  indigenous to their region and who follow natural, often organic, practices both in the vineyards and in the cellar. The result is a book of “honest wines with a sense of place.”

Tasting fee: $25, plus tax (cash or check); includes light food pairings.
RESERVATIONS: 802-246-6400

Italian Wines
Saturday, December 8th, 5:00 pm

Led by Lisa Kaplan, Domaine Select Wine Estates
Italy offers more grape varietals than any other country. Join Lisa as she takes us on a grape odyssey that extends from Lombardy to Sicily.

Tasting fee: $25, plus tax, includes light food pairings.
RESERVATIONS: 802-246-6400


October is for Wine Lovers

We have 3 great wine tasting events lined up for October!
Reservations are required, stop by or call 802-246-6400 to reserve your spot today.
Cost: $25 + tax, light food pairings included.

Saturday, October 13 at 6pm
Marty will be presenting Cotes du Rhones.

Sunday, October 21 at 6pm
Michael Kingston, of the Kingston Family Vineyards is here to talk about their wines from  Casablanca Valley, Chile.

Saturday, October 27 at 5pm
Joe Hurley, CSW, of Baker Distributing will be sharing a “Preview of Wines for Winter.”

Sept 22nd Kicks-Off Our Fall 2012 Tasting Schedule

Wine and Cheese Tasting to benefit the AIDS Project of
Southern Vermont


Austrian wines, paired with cheeses, and the proceeds benefiting the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont. Join Rafael Flores and Winthrop Pennock of Artisanal Cellars and Wendy Levy of Brattleboro Cheese as they guide a tasting sharing information about the wines, the cheeses and their respective producers. This is our fifth year sponsoring the event, and the last two years have been sell-outs with waiting lists.

September 22nd, we are offering two seatings: 4:30pm and 7:00pm in a sit-down, guided format.

Please specify your preference when you purchase your tickets from Windham Wines (802) 245-6400, Brattleboro Cheese or an AIDS Project board member.

$35 per person.


We were able to schedule winemaker Michael Hofken, winemaker at Hillinger Winery of Burgenland, Austria, on his swing through the eastern U.S. before he heads back to oversee harvest at the Hillinger winery. We’ll enjoy some of his blends — Small Hill White: Welshriesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gelber Muskateller; Small Hill Red: Pinot Noir, St. Laurent, and Merlot; plus some varietal wines: Blaufrankisch, Pinot Noir, a sparkling rosé and whatever else Michael selects.

Light food provided by Brattleboro Cheese and North End Butchers.

Reservations necessary at (802) 245-6400.

$25 plus tax.

Spanish & French Wines

Title: Spanish & French Wines
Location: Windham Wines Wine Gallery 30-36 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT
Description: Join Mark Johnson of ELB Imports for a very informal, fun, post-tax tasting. $25, plus tax includes light food. Reservations necessary. Please call 246-6400
Start Time: 06:00Pm
Date: 2011-04-15

Viva Italia

Title: Viva Italia
Location: Windham Wines Wine Gallery 30-36 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT
Description: Janna Waite, of Wine Wave, returns to share her insight on a number of Italian wines, from the Veneto to Piedmont and Tuscany. Janna is a lot of fun, so bring your mother (it is Mother’s Day weekend, after all) and enjoy a relaxed, informative tasting that includes light food pairings. $25, plus tax. Reservations necessary. Please call 246-6400.
Start Time: 5:00pm
Date: 2011-05-14

February and March Tastings

Our tastings require reservations so we can make sure we have the right amount of food and wine.  Please make reservations by calling 246-6400 or emailing us at

Saturday, February 12th at 4pm

Via Vino — Italian Wine Tour

  • Wines from the Veneto, Tuscany, Piedmont and Abruzzo
  • Led by Rob Forman, National Sales Manager for Dalla Terra
  • 4:00, Tasting fee of $25, plus tax includes light food pairings
  • Please call 246-6400 or email to reserve your space with a credit card number.

Saturday, February 19th at 4pm


  • Enjoy wines from the Medoc, St. Emilion and Bordeaux Superiore, and learn what makes these wines unique.
  • Tasting led by David Humphrey, Certified Specialist of Wine,  Farrell Distributing
  • Tasting fee, $25, plus tax, includes light food pairings. Reservations necessary. Call 246-6400 or email

Saturday, February 26th at 4pm

Wines from South Africa– from Chenin Blanc to Pinotage.

  • Led by Douglas Elliot, Graham Beck Wines.
  • Tasting fee, $25, plus tax, includes light food pairings. Reservations necessary. Please call 246-6400 or email

Saturday, March 12th at 4pm

TBA — Stay Tuned!