Archive for April, 2018

Chime

Posted in Uncategorized on 27 April 2018 by stephen wayne
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Schloss

Posted in Uncategorized on 26 April 2018 by stephen wayne

The Final Straw: Schloss Gobelsburg, 1000 Years. Ok. Crazy, right? In 1171 monks were granted their first vineyards of what we today take for granted. These vineyards are Heiligenstein and Gaisberg. They’ve existed for nearly forever. Documents exist at Gobelsburg (we didn’t ask to see fearing it would prove impolite + not sure we could read them). We were treated to a grand tasting by Michael of some 24

Wines representing all the vineyards and styles of the estate. These are singular wines unlike anything we’ve tasted on our journey. Not less or more. Just different. We were treated to a “light” lunch of traditional Vienna-fare before exploring the cellar and then tasting the wines. From sparkling to sweet we were amazed. Michael’s knowledge is deep and open. He treated us to a three hour conversation. It was intense, deep, thrilling, and uplifting. That there is someone that is willing to carry on tradition from centuries past speaks to the historian in all of us. One additional note: his TBA may

MAST

Posted in Uncategorized on 26 April 2018 by stephen wayne

MAST. We’ll give you the address:

The MAST Winebar OG

Porzellangasse 53. It’s insane. The food. The wine. The atmosphere. We hate to share on fear that we’ll never get a reservation again. The veal tartare? Perfect. Arctic Char? Unbelievable. Rack of Lamb (not pictured. Disappeared too fast): sensational. And a superb wine list. We say we’ll be back but we haven’t left. It’s hard too. We keep ordering. If you are in Vienna make reservations or stop in as service begins. There’s a three seat bar that’s very comfortable. Bravo. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #805

Weingut Hirsch

Posted in Uncategorized on 24 April 2018 by stephen wayne

Johannes Hirsch is a bundle of energy. His enthusiasm rubs off on you. Spend an hour with him and you’ll quit your job to become an Austrian winemaker. We almost did. Johannes spent the morning taking us to remote vineyards in the Kamptal, pointing out new plantings, pruning techniques he learned when he visited Gravner last year, and sharing his philosophy on vineyard management and winemaking. We eventually made our way back to the winery to experience his wines. In a word: sublime. There’s tension and focus in each bottle. Precision like Alzinger but with a flirtatious curve thrown at you. “These wines they will spin your head”, we thought. If we had more time Johannes would have opened every vintage in the cellar. As it was he was gracious enough to share 16 of his 2017 vintage and other favorites. Thank you Johannes for a magical morning. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #805 #weinguthirsch

Zing Zing Zip Zip

Posted in Uncategorized on 21 April 2018 by stephen wayne

Spent the morning exploring Leo Alzinger’s brilliant creations. A few adjectives to describe his wines: precise. foucused. clean. minerals. Both Gruners and Rieslings have his distinctive touch that is found in no other winery in the Wachau. Our favorites if we had to choose would be both his Gruner & Riesling from the Steinertal vineyard. The Gruner is very fresh and exotic with a creaminess that develops over time. The Riesling has tremendous acid, a herbal + mineral infusion, and is utterly pure. A 30 year wine easily. We discovered this when Leo blinded us on a wine of his. We were asked to guess age. The color was clean with tinges of green apple, the taste was@of a maturing Riesling. 2000? 2001? No. It was his 1994 Steinertal Riesling. 24 years old with years left in it. Thank you Leo for a tremendous morning. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #som

Brundlmayer

Posted in Uncategorized on 21 April 2018 by stephen wayne

The afternoon with Willi Brundlmayer was spectacular and his generosity limitless. Willi treated us to a grand tasting before exploring the wine cellar and vineyards. Then, on top of these hours, he treated us to a 16 bottle tasting at his restaurant with food pairings. We’ve loved his wines before (especially his Riesling from a vineyard planted in 1920). Now we have a newfound respect for the man. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #805

Knoll Part Deux

Posted in Uncategorized on 21 April 2018 by stephen wayne

Across the road from Knoll is his Uncle’s restaurant where we bee-lined too after our winery experience. The garden seating is sublime. The lamb carpaccio on point. But not to be missed is the stellar fried chicken and probably the best fillet of sea bass we’ve had in years. Knoll Rose completed the meal. #renegadewines #santabarbara #winenerd #sb #sommlife #winetasting #wineporn #seesb #trustyourpalate #montecito #sbcwine #seriousjuice #winetime #winegeeks #winewednesday #funkzone #centralcalifornia #foodiesofsb #zagat #sommelier #805