Vienna Riesling Diary: Day 1 – Sometimes You Get Lucky and the Great God of Wine Smiles on You! (Part 3)

People who’ve never done it are always drastically underestimating how much mental concentration professional wine tasting demands and what a toll it takes on the human body when it’s undertaken for a longer period of time. This is my 5th day in a row of virtually dawn to dusk wine tasting here in Austria, but only the first full day of the VieVinum wine fair in Vienna. I quickly lost count of how many dry Rieslings and dry Grüner Veltliner, plus a smattering of other wines that I tasted there, and although there were a lot of very good wines and some great ones two I wondered if I was simply too exhausted to be really bowled over by something. Then it happened at the stand of Pichler-Krutzler, the small winery in Dürnstein/Wachau run by Elizabeth Pichler (daughter of F.X. Pichler) and Erich Krutzler (originally from the Krutzler winery in Südburgenland). All the dry Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners I tasted there were very impressed, but the dry 2013 In der Wand Riesling was the most exciting wine I tasted all day, breathtakingly brilliant,  and perfectly balanced. I know it might just be me, but I found the interplay of the racy acidity, sleek body and pristine white peach fruit in this wine seriously erotic. Congratulations to the couple pictured above for making my day!

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