One of my favorite wine shops, Flatiron Wines, organized a fantastic dinner with Weingut Brundlmayer at local Austrian institution, Wallsé. After visiting Brundlmayer back in November, I absolutely fell in love with these wines and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to experience them here in the states.
Andreas Wickhoff is the third and most recent Master of Wine from Austria and the GM of Brundlmayer. We were lucky enough to be seated next to him at the dinner, along with Greg Lambrecht, the founder of Coravin, a very lively table indeed!
We kicked off the night with glasses of crisp Brut Rosé, which delicious on its own but then next level when paired with the mini ham and cheese croissants they passed around as appetizers.
Next was a beautiful presentation of smoked salmon with white asparagus. Asparagus is notoriously hard to pair with wine but the 2016 Kamptal Terrassen Riesling was a home run for me.
The spring pea ravioli with morels was so delicious, I could have had about 12 more. It was paired with a flight of Gruner Veltliner that allowed us to taste the progression of aging as well as the affects of different terroir within the property.
The Icelandic Cod strudel was a surprise hit for me, nothing about those words (cod or strudel) appeal to me but this was absolutely delicious. Paired with my favorite wine that I had back in November, the 2001 Zobinger Heiligenstein Alte Ruben Riesling. Aged Riesling is my new drug of choice.
And then it was time for the reds. A flight of Zweigelt and Pinot Noir to pair with our Mangalitsa pork loin, a type of hairy pig that is native to Austria, and now thanks to a finance guy turned pig farmer, is available locally in New Jersey.
We ended up sitting and talking with Chef Kurt for several additional glasses of wine which made for a pretty wild Monday night, exactly why I love this city!
I would highly recommend signing up for the Flatiron Wines newsletter and keeping an eye out for the next wine dinner!
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