Get your Gruner Veltliner on: Austrian wines at Cafe Europa

By Jim Boyce

Cafe Europa’s Austrian wine lineup (Photo: C. Thompson)

Forty people gathered at Café Europe on January 24 for the launch of four Austrian wines the restaurant is not only selling, but also importing. Good times all around (see this China Daily article).

Expect to see more restaurateurs import their own wine and make their own beer (with The Saddle and 1949: The Hidden City planning to do the latter).

For Austrian wine lovers, or for those interested in giving them a try, here are the options:

Schloss Maissau Gruner Veltliner DAC 2006 (retail: RMB150; in restaurant: RMB180 bottle / RMB38 glass)
Johann Topf Riesling, Wechselberg 2006 (retail: RMB210; in restaurant: RMB250 bottle)
Umathum, Zweigelt 2006 (retail: RMB180; in restaurant: RMB200 bottle / RMB40 glass)
Prieler, Schuetzner Stein, 2004 (retail: RMB320; in restaurant: RMB350 bottle)

The two wines by the glass are good value – they are not only tasty, but also unavailable anywhere else in town.

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