Wines of Austria Tasting with Marquis Wine Cellars

3 Austrian wines at Marquis Wine Cellars

3 Austrian wines at Marquis Wine Cellars

Many people probably have not tasted wines from Austria, but you may have heard of the hot white grape, Gruner Veltliner .  Here is your chance to taste this exciting white wine as well as Riesling and other white and red wines from Austria.  Bonus is that you will have Willi Klinger from the Austrian Wine Marketing Board to host you through their wines. This tasting is put on by Marquis Wine Cellars.  The price of this tasting event is very excellent.  Buy your tickets quickly before they sell out!  Here is the announcement by Marquis Wine Cellars.

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity and be part of the tasting highlighting Austria’s Seven Elements of Uniqueness. Willi Klinger, the Managing Director of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, is coming from Austria to be our host. He will introduce to you a selection of prestigious indigenous varieties as well as some of Austria’s famous “liquid gold” sweet wines.

Below, is a list of the wines we’ll pour:

• FX Pichler 2015 Gruner Veltliner Urgestein Terrassen Smaragd
• Hirsch 2014 Zobing Riesling
• Jamek 2015 Gelber Muskateller Federspiel
• Kracher 2013 Chardonnay No.3 Nouvelle Vague
• Kracher 2014 Muskat Ottonel
• Kurt Angerer 2012 Zweigelt Barrique
• Loimer 2013 Gumpoldskirchen Pinot Noir
• Loimer 2015 Riesling Langenlois
• Rudi Pichler 2015 Gruner Veltliner Terrassen Smaragd
• Tement 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Steirische Klassik
• Triebaumer 2013 Blaufrankisch Reserve
• Weingut Nigl 2015 Gruner Veltliner Gartling
• Weingut Stadt Krems 2012 Krems Gelber Traminer
• Weingut Stadt Krems 2015 Gruner Veltliner Lossterrassen

You can’t miss the opportunity to taste those 15 wonderful and exclusive wines!

Where Is It and How To Buy Tickets?

When: Friday, October 13th 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Marquis Wine Cellars Event Space (1034 Davie St. – free parking in the back)
Cost: $29.99

Tickets at this link.

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Small wineries in Kelowna

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} catch(err) {}Everyone visits the big wineries in Kelowna, like Mission Hill and Quail’s Gate, but there are other small wineries worth a visit. This past week I had the pleasure of visiting:
Rollingdale Winery
Kalala Organic Estate Winery
Camelot Vineyards Estate Winery

Rollingdale Winery is located in Westbank very near to the other big wineries in the area. Rollingdale is certified organic, which I think is getting to be more common in the Okanagan. There was a wide range of wines to taste, from whites to reds to dessert wines. This winery started in 2004, with most of the vineyard area in Okanagan Falls and a few acres around the winery in Westbank. An interesting white was their 2007 Chardonnay / Semillon. This is a wild ferment. Vanilla on the nose. Very tart with green apple flavours. Would be good chilled with shellfish. Their red selection was quite large, with the winery making a 2007 “La Droite” and a 2006/07 “La Gauche” wine following the blends that are used in the Right and Left banks in Bordeaux. The “La Droite” was primary Merlot, with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. This wine was deep purple in the glass. Sweet cherry / plum nose. Round mouth feel, cherry flavour and firm but not overpowering tannins. For those with a sweet tooth a nice wine was the 2007 Pinot Noir Icewine. Pear coloured. Apple, pear, and burnt matches aroma and flavours. Good acidity to balance the sweetness.

Another certified organic winery I visited on this trip was Kalala Organic Estate Winery, also located in Westbank. I was impressed with all the wines they let me try. As it is now officially summer, I welcomed the Pinot Noir Rose 2007. This wine is light salmon / orangy in colour. Strawberry and cranberry nose. Strawberry flavour with good acidity. A great choice for a patio sipper. An unusual wine that I tried (and bought a few bottles) was their Kalala Cuvee Noir 2007. What made it unusual? The 3 varietals that they used to make this wine: Zweigelt, Blaufrankisch, and Michurinetz. I’ve tried two of the 3 varietals before, but not all 3, and not all 3 blended together! This wine was a deep, bright purple colour. Red fruit, plummy nose. Sweet candy, red fruit, ripe cherry flavours with low tannins. This wine should hold up to full bodied grilled meats. The prices for Kalala’s wines are also excellent. The Cuvee is $14.95 and the Rose is $17.95. Only their Zweigelt icewine broke the $20 mark with a price of $75. They want to keep the prices reasonable to show people that organic wines need not be expensive and can be quite tasty. The Zweigelt icewine 2006 if you are curious, had honey, orange, butterscotch aromas and flavours.

The last winery I visited was Camelot Vineyards Estate Winery. I do not know if this is an organic winery, but I do know that it just opened to the public 2 weeks ago. They produce both red and white wines, but at the moment, only their white wines are bottled and ready for tasting. The reds I saw were still in barrels (both French and American oak) waiting for bottling next year I believe. The 2 whites I tried were a Pinot Gris and a Gewurztraminer. I enjoyed the Gewurztraimer. It was light bodied, with lychee and spice aromas and flavours. I have tasted many very nice Gewurztraimers from the Okanagan the last few years. If you have not had a chance to try a BC Gewurztraimer, you should give it a try.