Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Wines and Producers of Austria and Germany

I firmly believe that the world's best and most versatile food wines come out of Austria and Germany. The cooler climate and mineral-rich soil means wines of great acidity and aromatics, and after many hundreds of years of practice they've really worked out their technique and are consistently sticking the landing. If you think white wines can't be serious, then I urge you to pay attention to real-deal Gruners and highborn Rieslings from this part of the world, and I beg you to try them with food. They will not disappoint.

On January 19th we will be hosting a few producers from the portfolio of Riesling pundit and goofball-guru Terry Theise, whose extensive work in these countries has mined up some real heroes (and stars) of winemaking and terroir. Johannes Leitz (of
Weingut Josef Leitz), Johannes Hirsch (of Kamptal's rocking Hirsch), and Thomas Klinger (Bründlmayer), all will be here to talk about the wines they make, and a member of the Saahs family will be here to talk about their legendary estate Nikolaihof, one of the oldest wineries in Europe.

The menu looks great, too, featuring some of Ryan's charcuterie expertise and some of Hugh's wizardry with seafood. Great food, great wines, great pairings, oh January 19th hurry up and get here...

Wednesday, January 19th, 6:30 p.m.

Beef tartare with puffed beef tendon, radish, and cucumber

Brut Rose, Bründlmayer, Kamptal, Austria, NV

Lobster roulade with butter-braised leek and mustard cream

Gruner Veltliner, Nikolaihof, 'Hefeabzug', Wachau, Austria, 2008

Poached flounder over braised daikon, mache, citrus, and dashi broth

Riesling, Hirsch, Heiligenstein, Kamptal, Austria, 2007

White sausage of sweetbreads and black truffle with braised cabbage and spaetzle

Riesling, Josef Leitz, 'Dragonstone', Rheingau, Germany, 2009

Duck confit with red curry broth, grilled rice, and buttery escarole

Riesling, Josef Leitz, Rüdesheimer Berg Roseneck Spätlese, Rheingau, Germany, 2004

Selection of regional cheeses

Pear linzer torte with whipped cream and Nikolaihof Elderflower syrup

Beerenauslese, Heidi Schröck, Austria, 2008

$110 per person plus tax and gratuity

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