Kurt Feiler inducted to Academie Internationale du Vin

Kurt Feiler, the junior principal of the Feiler-Artinger estate in Rust, at Lake Neusiedl in Austria, has been inducted to the elite wine association Academie Internationale du Vin (AIV) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. At the beginning of December Kurt Feiler will become the Academie’s youngest member and join internationally reknowned wine makers, critics, and chefs such as: Elio Altare, Léon Beyer, Yiannis Boutaris, Willi Bründlmayer, Michael Broadbent, Colette Faller, Angelo Gaja, James Halliday, Jean-Marie Peyraud, Bruno Prats, Serena Sutcliffe, Maurizio Zanella. The wines of Feiler-Artinger are among the top Austrian wines in all categories, red, white, and sweet. I particularily enjoy their Ruster Ausbruch, a special botrytis wine made by only a few wine makers of the Ruster Ausbruch Cercle. Unfortunately, they are not easy to find in the US, so if you see a bottle, buy it!

Rieslings Deserve More Respect

Mike Dunne, the wine writer of the Sacramento Bee says: Rieslings deserve more respect. Dunne reports about a regular gathering of Riesling fans at the Thai Basil Cafe in Sacramento. I have not attended any tastings yet but it does sound interesting and certainly indicates that Riesling continues to find new friends.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine Designates Inniskillin as New World Winery of the Year

Wine Enthusiast Magazine announced today that Inniskillin has been chosen as the New World Winery of the Year, citing the efforts of co-founders Karl Kaiser and Donald Ziraldo as the innovators and leaders of Canada’s growing wine industry. tizwine.com (An on-line magazine published in NZ!) First off, Congratulations to Inniskillin for this well-earned award. They certainly have been instrumental in educating the North American consumer’s taste buds to appreciate Eiswein (icewine). Along the way they innovated how to market and package fairly exotic and pricy wines. Little did we know that the winemaker of the team, Karl Kaiser, hails from Austria, where he grew up with the delicious Austrian style sweet wines, TBA (TrockenBeerenAuslese) and Eiswein. It certainly looks as if he brought a lot of his sweet ethnic heritage with him when he moved to Canada!