Friday, November 11, 2022

Burgenland/ Austria Wine Dinner: Burgenland/ Austria Meets Vienna/ Virginia at Bazins on Church in Vienna, USA

We enjoyed a phantastic wine dinner at restaurant Bazins on Church in Vienna/ Virginia, with wines from Burgenland/ Austria (all KWSelection), a wine delegation from Burgenland including the Austrian Wine Queen and Klaus Wittauer.

We were about 40 guests and had a most enjoyable evening with great wine, food and ambiance. The event was organized by Klaus Wittauer and The Wine Cabinet in Reston, which is known for having a strong selection of Austrian wines.
The 2 large tables, accounting for about half of the guests, were all "friends of Annette Schiller", who had sent out an e-mail to her data base to alert interested people of this event. Annette plans to offer an Austria wine trip by ombiasy WineTours in the first two weeks of April next year, for the first time. She is putting the final touches on the itinerary and will send out an e-mail in due course 

Invitation: Burgenland Wine Dinner with Austrian Wine Queen Sunday November 6th @ 6:30pm

Patrick created a delicious fall menu and Georg Schweitzer, the Managing Director of Wein Burgenland, paired this 4 course dinner with wines from Leo Hillinger, Steindorfer and Jalits.

WeinBurgenland, and SelectWines teamed up with the Wine Cabinet in Reston, winner of the 2022 Austrian retail promotion in the USA for one of the best Austrian wine selections.

Burgenland comes to Virginia "A night of food and wine flights"

cocktail wine: Hillinger Secco Sparkling Pinot Noir rose

small greeting from the kitchen


Steindorfer Pinot Gris & Chardonnay Golden cut

Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Spring Roll

Asian slaw, ginger-mustard vinaigrette


Hillinger Zweigelt and Jalits Blaufränkisch DAC

Mezzi Rigatoni

sweet Italian sausage, smoked mozzarella, red grapes, tomato-rosa sauce


Hill 1 - Merlot, Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch blend….

Braise "Creekstone Farms" Short Ribs

potato puree, baby spinach, truffled cream, natural sauce


Steindorfer Cuvée Klaus Beerenauslese

"Granny Smith" Apple Crostata

vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce

$120/person -- all inclusive

Bazin's on Church - 111 Church St NW • Vienna, VA 22180 • (703) 255-7212

to buy tickets for the dinner call the Wine Cabinet in Reston, Phone: (703) 668-9463, Address: 1416 North Point Village Center, Reston, VA 20194 

Burgenland (wine-searcher)

Burgenland is a large wine-producing region on the eastern border of Austria. Despite the country's image as the producer of some of the world's finest white wines, Austria is also home to a thriving red wine culture: Burgenland, with its sunny, continental summers, is the country's key red wine region, with its wines based mainly on the Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt grape varieties. Sweet, botrytized wines are also a specialty of the region, particularly in the terroir surrounding the Neusiedlersee lake. 

The region occupies a narrow strip of land that runs from the Danube River down to Steiermark in the south. On its eastern side is the border with Hungary, and to the west lies the most eastern foothills of the Alps. Steiermark aside, Burgenland is one of Austria's southernmost wine regions, and topographically is more aligned with Hungary than with much of the rest of Austria. 

Burgenland is home to four DAC appellations: from north to south; Neusiedlersee, Leithaberg, Mittelburgenland and Eisenberg. Within each of these zones, any wines which do not conform to the particular classification are labeled with the Burgenland appellation Burgenland's Lake Neusiedl (Neusiedlersee) is one of the viticultural focus points of the region. It stores summer heat from the Pannonian Plain, an expansive, warm area which covers much of Hungary and eastern Austria, effectively lengthening the ripening season into autumn. 

Humidity from the lake promotes the spread of noble rot (botrytis cinerea) in the regions of Seewinkel and Rust. The Ausbruch, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese wines that are made near the lake are among the finest and most sought-after in the world. 

However the Neusiedlersee DAC applies to red wines based on the Zweigelt grape variety. In contrast to the other Burgenland DACs all of the wines of Leithaberg DAC qualify. Red wines must be made predominantly with Blaufränkisch. White grape varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Neuberger and Grüner Veltliner, either varietally or as a blend. 

Mittelburgenland, south of the Neusiedlersee, is perhaps the most notable of Burgenland's red wine regions. The spicy red wines made here from Blaufränkisch have garnered the region its own DAC title, and the variety accounts for more than half of all vineyard land in the region. 

The region's continental warmth also extends into the region's western and southern parts, where the foothills of the Alps have more influence on the terroir. In Sudburgenland the Eisenberg DAC has been established for red wines based on Blaufränkisch. The wine-producing region of Sopron on the Hungarian side of the border is in many respects an extension of Burgenland, producing similar wine styles from a similar terroir.

Previous Events with Klaus Wittauer  

Winemaker Dinner and Pre-dinner Tasting with Leo Hillinger, Weingut Leo Hillinger, in Northern Virginia, USA/ Austria 

In the Glass: 2007 Leo Hillinger HillSide Unfiltered With Weingut Hillinger's Michael Hoeffken

Welcome to America: Franz and Christine Netzl Estate, Carnuntum, Austria

Tasting Leo Hillinger Red Wines with Leo Hillinger’s Assistant Winemaker Michael Hoeffken and US Importer Klaus Wittauer

The Wines of Austria - Presentation by Annette Schiller, ombiasy WineTours, at the 2021 American Wine Society National Conference in Atlantic City

“Wine Ambassador” Klaus Wittauer Presented Austrian Wines at the Embassy of Austria in Washington DC, USA 

Leo Hillinger Wines and Alsatian Food with Hillinger’s Michael Hoeffken and Chef Jacques E. Haeringer at L’Auberge Chez François in Virginia, USA

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