I bought several Austrian Rieslings a month ago without the benefit of tasting them, mostly on blind faith of the high quality vintage. Last night I grabbed a bottle of the Berger Riesling Terrassen ($19) to drink with some smoked sausage and perogie (forgive the spelling.) What a lovely wine. Steve stopped on his way home to drop off some paperwork I left behind and he agreed, this is a wine that should be considered by all of you who belong to the ABC club (anything-but-Chardonnay.) Unlike most German Riesling most Austrian versions are bone dry. They have the body of the versions you see from Alsace but with a greater sense of minerality and focus. I could see this wine working great with everything from sushi to steamed bi-valves to smoked sausage.
For those of you who just received the latest snail-mail newsletter, the Kamiak wine on the front cover is showing even better than when we tasted the wine six weeks ago. We have good supplies but the staff is selling it fast so don’t miss out.