Sicilian Wines

Title: Sicilian Wines
Location: 972 Putney Road
Description: Sicily may be the most exciting area for wine in Italy for now. Join us for an introduction to the grapes and wines of Sicily. Tasting fee: $25, plus tax includes light food pairings. Reservations are necessary at 246-6400.

Start Time: 5:30
Date: 2014-04-22
End Time: 7:30

Natural Wines, encore!

Title: Natural Wines, encore!
Location: 972 Putney Road
Link out: Click here
Description: “Natural” wines have become the latest wine trend. We have a number of natural wines in our shop and have enjoyed several tastings this year featuring some of them. Jenny and Francois have compiled a portfolio of natural wines from France, Italy and the United States that will allow us to do a global tour of wines made “of grape juice and little else.” Come taste these wines and learn about what makes them so controversial within the wine world.
Start Time: 5:30
Date: 2014-04-12
End Time: 7:30

Austrian Reds

Title: Austrian Reds
Location: 972 Putney Road
Description: We welcome back our primary Austrian suppliers, Artisanal Cellars, to share their current vintages of Blaufrankisch, Saint Laurent, Zweigelt, Pinot Noir and blends from throughout Austria’s wine regions. Reservations are appreciated by calling (802) 246-6400. A $25, plus tax tasting fee includes light food pairings.
Start Time: 5:30
Date: 2014-03-08
End Time: 7:30

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.

 

 

 

February Artist: Gene Parulis

February and March feature “A Feast in the depths of Winter,” digital prints by Brattleboro Photographer and Landmark College Professor Gene Parulis. Striving to be in harmony with the gifts of the Greek wine-god Dionysus, the exhibition in conceived as a feast in the depths of winer, dreams and stirrings for those in the frozen lock of the season – dreams of transformation, travel, release. These prints are celebrations – of rhythm, place, mood, architectural touch, the revealing cast of light, the mysterious power of color. Travelers will particularly enjoy sumptuous scenic veiws of ten different counties. Shown below, from top to bottom: Villemonteix, Siphnos Kastro, and Riquewihr.

villemonteix

siphnos_kastro

riquewihr