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Country: Austria  Region: Burgenland  Grape: Gruner Veltliner

The Burgenland is the 7th largest of Austria’s nine states, and its most easterly state. It sits on the edge of Central Europe’s vast Pannonian Plain, and enjoys a mild climate with 300 days of sunshine each year. The region has approximately 36,000 acres of vineyards which dependably produce very high quality wines.

The Müenzenrieder Estate is located in the town of Apetlon in the Neusiedlersee/Seewinkel National Park. The Estate consists of 23 hectares (equal to 57 acres) of land, spanning two vineyards — Illmitzerweg and Neubruch. Through natural cultivation methods, rigorous harvest scrutiny, and controlled cellar operations, winegrowers Johann and Johannes Müenzenrieder produce potent wines marked with regional characteristics and tremendous intensity. Lake Neusiedl and numerous small marshes of the area serve as heat reservoirs, providing ample air moisture. These, coupled with the special microclimate of the sun-drenched Seewinkel area are responsible for the production of fruity, fresh white wines.

You’ll find the 100% Gruner Veltliner is pale straw in color, with a distinctively inviting nose. Aromas of black pepper combine with gooseberries and baked apples. Medium bodied, with a well-balanced acidity, it offers loads of fruit in the finish. Enjoy it now, chilled, with appetizers, sauteéd lake perch, veal cutlets, roast chicken or light meat dishes.

Müenzenrieder — Gruner Veltliner:

GRUNER VELTLINER GRAPES — This white grape variety is the most important wine grape in Austria, and accounts for about one-third of Austria’s total viticultural area. It produces fresh, well-balanced wines with a light, fruity and sometimes slightly spicy flavor. When grown in the Burgenland area, there is a refreshing lightness to the Gruner Veltliner fruit that successfully tranfers to the wine. Other areas lend their own fruit distinctiveness. This offering shines with adaptability, well accepted at any and all occasions.

WEINHAUS RESS — RHEIN RIESLING  (Vintage 2013, White) Country: Germany  Region: Rheingau (meaning the Rhine District)  Grape: Riesling

The Rheingau is one of 13 German wine regions and consists of about 8,000 acres of vineyards. Although it makes up only 3 percent of the total German vineyard area, Rheingau boasts many well-known and prestigious wine producers who have been responsible for many important innovations in German wine-making. The cool climate brings forth well-balanced, light, fruit-driven wines that truly reflect the taste of this beautiful region.

With origins dating back to 1870, it still remains in the same family. When Stefan Ress inherited the estate in 1980, he expanded the size to 113 acres. His son Christian (fifth generation of the founding family) actively became involved in 1999 after years of professional training. He is now Director of Business Operations.

Do not wait to savor this wine selection, and when you do, note the gleaming gold hues in the pale nectar. Serve it soon, chilled, as an aperitif or with salads, creamy soups, pan fried trout or your favorite spicy dishes. We are convinced you will enjoy its slightly sweet, bright, crispness. Flavors of green apples, pear and peach abound. It’s smooth and elegant, with good concentration and a rich texture. The fruity character and underlying acidity combine to give each glass a delightful balance.

Weinhaus Ress Rhein Riesling:

RIESLING GRAPES — A classic German variety, it can, if properly handled, produce a wine of such tremendous fruit-acidity ratio that it is in a different class altogether. Throughout history, the Riesling grape has tested the stamina and patience of German wine grape growers, as it is at its best when clinging to extraordinarily steep inclines. Grown elsewhere, it is not so difficult. It is light in body and low in alcohol, yet has intense flavor. Aged, the finest Rieslings develop a zesty, vivid bouquet, and is one of the most scintillating producers of intensely sweet wines. This selection offers a fine example of that delicate sweetness.

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