I´m finally in St. Anton, a ski paradise in Austria. We had great weather yesterday as you can see from the color of the sky in this picture. New Year´s Eve in ski towns all over Europe are generally the same, fireworks everywhere, much revelry and prix fixe dinners.
I went to the Hotel Montana for dinner to celebrate and had an eight course meal which I must say was delicious. I had expected the food here to be basic fare but instead have had one great meal after another much to my surprise.
I also have been able to taste some great wines including the Weninger Blaufranckish that I mentioned on my last blog post.
Last night I tried some great Zweigelt and amazing riesling from Martin Donabaum from the Wachau. I had both the Federspiel and the Smaragd. They were both great but the Smaragd was beyond lovely with beautiful peach and apricot notes, perfume and floral notes, great acidity and minerality.
Austrian riesling tends to be a bit drier than German riesling with a tad less acidity. I find them very elegant and lovely as well as being food friendly with a variety of cuisines. Everytime I have a riesling I wonder whz I don’t drink them more often. That’s a good resolution for this New Year. Drink more riesling. I am off to a good start.