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Introduction to Austrian Wines

posted Jul 2, 2012, 5:17 PM by Alan Knapp   [ updated Jul 2, 2012, 5:36 PM ]
Friday, July 27, we will hold a very special evening - an exploration of the wines of Austria ... at the Austrian embassy!

Working with our member Christian Schiller, Klaus Wittauer of KWSELECTION has organized this interesting and informative introduction to these wines and arranged for it to be presented at the Austrian embassy.  The price for this tasting is $40 for members and $47 for non-members.

The wines for this tasting are being finalized.  Anticipate a follow-on to this announcement in a  few days, but don't let that stop you from reserving your place for this unique opportunity to expand your wine knowledge!

On Klaus Wittauer: There are a number of important importers of Austrian wine in the US and Klaus Wittauer is one of them. He was born in Austria and attended Hotel and Restaurant Management School in Salzburg. He then worked for many years in some of the world‘s top restaurants in Austria, Bermuda and the United States, including famed L‘Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls, Virginia, where he and Christian Schiller first met. Then he moved to the wine import side and became the wine buyer for Sutton Place Gourmet in Washington DC before creating his own import company KWSELECTION with the renowned Austrian winemaker Anton Bauer about ten years ago.

On KWSELECTION: This company includes top producers from most of the wine producing areas of Austria: Anton Bauer from Wagram, Leo Hillinger from Burgenland, Gustav Strauss from Styria, Martin Mittelbach from Wachau, Karl & Brigitta Steininger from Kamptal, Steindorfer from Neusiedlersee , Meinklang from Burgenland, and his most recent addition, Weingut Netzl from Carnuntum. As an Austrian married to an American, Klaus has a close relationship with all of his wineries in Austria and has succeed in expanding distribution throughout the United States, with a strong focus on the East Coast.