I've long been a fan of red wines from Austria -- in fact, I usually order Zwiegelt whenever I see it on a wine list (which, sadly, isn't as often as I'd like). No matter the producer, it's usually a reliably juicy, slightly spicy wine with cherry and red berry flavors, sometimes aged in oak but sometimes not. However, Austrian wine is still rather difficult to find, which is why I was so excited about the Austrian wine tasting held in Tribeca. This was my second year at the event, packed with importers and winemakers showcasing their wares.
The most widely planted white grape -- and the one most on display at the tasting event -- is Gruner Veltliner, which has gotten much acclaim in recent years. It's usually spicy with apple notes and high acidity. We also tasted a number of Rieslings, which ranged from fresh and bright to more unusual notes of bubble gum and tar.