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July 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

cobenzlGemischter Satz is not just yet another consonant-heavy term you can use to show people how much you know about wine. It is one of the most thrilling white wine categories there out there, and the cultural history behind it is fascinating. Gemischter Satz means “mixed set” in German, and it refers to the unique field-blend whites of Austria. The ones from Vienna, designated “Wiener Gemischter Satz”, are the best.

I’ve been excited about gemischter satz for a long time now, ever since I tasted my first (you always remember your first) in 2010. It was the Cobenzl Wiener Gemischter Satz Classic (pictured at left). I got so excited about this wine and others from Vienna that I flew there, and wrote about gemischter satz for Saveur Magazine

Now (well, a few weeks back, but I’m only blogging about it now) I’ve written about it again, in my Portland Press Herald wine column. Neither of those spaces offered enough room for me to tell the full story, alas. But The World of Fine Wine does and did offer enough space: to Alder Yarrow, a terrific writer and full-bore devotée of gemischter satz (there are more of us out there than you’d think!). His article — not readable at the magazine’s website, but  here’s a teaser link — is terrific. Mine are fine. Read them all, and make these wines a big part of your life.

Jesus, Priorat’s good

December 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Jack Kerouac, Jean-Luc Godard & Jesus Christ walk into a wine article; who comes out alive? They all do: Priorat has the power to raise the dead. Sounds like a joke but it’s dead serious. Priorat is serious wine. It’s wine to adore, hate or fear. I adore it. It’s got the power, in the words of one of my wine heroes, Rainer Christ, to “set off impressions, visions, possibilities.” Which is why those illustrious gurus make appearances in my latest column.

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