Monday, February 22, 2010

The Biggest Bottle of Wine in the World

Well it looks like the Chinese vintners of Wang Chen Wines did it - they beat the world record as the biggest bottle of wine ever created... and they beat it three times over, the bottle holding a whopping 1,850 liters of wine.

Prior to this bottling, the largest bottle of wine in the world belonged to Austrian winemakers Kracher, whose bottle held 490 litres of Grande Cuvee TBA NV No.7 2005.

While I can not attest to the quality of Wang Chen Wines, I can tell you that Kracher's dessert wines are some of the best I've ever tasted.

According to sources, the Wang Chen Wines team each sampled a glass from the gigantic bottle attesting to the quality of the wine. They plan to rebottle it for collector distribution in the future.

When that day comes, we will be sure to do a taste test!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Laurenz V - Gold Medal Gruners!

A while back, I posted on two Gruner Veltliners of exceptional quality produced by LAURENZ V. - the only Austrian wines producer to focus solely on the expression of Gruner Veltliner.

Winemaker Lenz Moser V is incredibly enthusiastic about the awareness of this indigenous grape and actively promotes it every chance he gets. One of his most recent ventures was to Whistler in Vancouver, Canada where the Olympics are currently being held. Austria has had a great presence in the Winter Olympics in the past, winning the fourth most gold medals overall.

The Canadians have coined Lenz the "Gruner ambassador" as he has taken their world by storm with the both the Singing Gruner Veltliner, dedicated to daughter Sophie, and the more elegant and complex Charming Gruner Veltliner, the flagship for the LAURENZ V line.

The LAURENZ V collection is titled as such because Lenz is the fifth generation winemaker, following the principles his grandfather, Lorenz Moser III instilled in the 1950s.

Ultimately, Lenz aims to boost the popular of Gruner Veltliner so greatly that it is as familiar as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are to us today.

The wines are currently avaliable in over 40 countries and are designed to be for sheer drinking pleasure. So grab a glass today and watch the Austrians in the Olympics!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

EWBC Announced!

The verdict is in: the 2010 European Wine Bloggers Conference will be held in Vienna, Austria October 22-24. The conference will be sponsored by the Austrian Wine Marketing Board and and hosted by Catavino Marketing, Ryan and Gabriella Opaz of and Robert McIntosh of The Wine Conversation.

The conference is designed for social media innovators, wine bloggers and wine industry leaders worldwide and will cover a vast array of topics. Last years attendance increased greatly from the first year in 2008 and this year is supposed to be even more well attended.

As Austria is incredibly focused on wine as a culture, attendants will have the opportunity to visit several key wineries within easy reach of Vienna and also enjoy the best of Austrian cuisine and

"The European Wine Bloggers Conference has announced its 2010 venue in Vienna, Austria, on October 22-24. The EWBC is the only international event dedicated to the convergence of wine on the web, providing a platform for the global wine community to openly address today's new wine media."

Visit the registration page today to reserve your spot! Definitely worth going to!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


On February 3rd, tomorrow night from 6-8pm, the Austrian Wine Cultural Forum kicks off their newest art exhibit, "Solace" which is dedicated to demonstrating the intoxicating effects of both beauty and alcohol.

Coincidentally, the exhibit kick off will be accompanied by a tasting of Austrian wines.

"The exhibition shows art in a very mundane sense as a source of solace, committed both to the mildly intoxicating character of beauty and the inebriating quality of alcohol, aligning itself with the baser genres of still-life and decoration.

The show consists of two perspectives. One that addresses the topic of solace in a contemplative movement revolving around objects, video and painting on view at the Austrian Cultural Forum. The other focuses on the aspect of inebriation and intoxication, and assembles art works in different venues. In the course of the exhibition, these other venues will become the focal points of various, to some extent participative, projects."

If you've never been to the Austrian Wine Cultural Forum, believe me when I say they have some of the most interesting artwork I have ever seen; very classy with a keen twist of contemporary.

Even if tomorrow doesn't work you, definitely make it a point to stop by this wonderful exhibit running until May 15.