Monday, September 15, 2014

Posting Hiatus - and Welschriesling

Posting Hiatus - and Welschriesling

Hello dearest readers! It's been a few weeks since my last post, as my life has suddenly become beyond hectic. Most of the heck came from all of the things that needed to be completed prior to going on a business trip to Austria. Woe is me, right? On the bright side, this trip will end with some serious wine tourism, which I'll do my best to tell you all about. In the meantime, let me tell you about a new love -- Welschriesling!

Last night I took my much jet-lagged self to a little pub called Columbusbräu and had, of course a giant plate of wienerschnitzel. To accompany this beautiful fried pork, I selected a glass of Welschriesling. You'll have to forgive me, in my sleep deprived state I did not note the producer or place of origin. One thing I do remember... how it tasted. Yum.

Review: This refreshing glass of goodness was a pale lemon green color, with subdued aromas of lemon zest and minerals. On the palate it was dry with bright, zippy acidity and solid citrus flavor. It had a short finish, but was the perfect companion to my wienerschnitzel spritzed with lemon juice. 

Welschriesling, despite its name, has no relation to Riesling. It is a late ripening, aromatic grape that is well suited to concentrated sweet wines, as well as easy drinking, highly acidic light wines like the one I had the pleasure of drinking! It is the second most widely planted grape in Austria, behind Grüner Veltliner.

My wine was about $5 (3.9 euro) for the glass, and worth every single penny.