Monthly Archives: December 2014

The viennese spirit of the Gemischter Satz

Leticia Nöbauer

So – I am a freshly baked blogger and I just realized that there is a challenge going on: the monthly wine writing challenge #MWWC14 so I decided to take a goal on it. For me it is a great opportunity to get to know more people who have the same interests that I have.

Since the theme chosen is TRADITION and since I have been living in Austria for almost 9 years and I learned to drink wine here, I would like to join you guys and present you Gemischter Satz!


What is a Gemischter Satz?

The Gemischter Satz is a traditional wine, typical from Austria and from Germany. But in contrast to what many people think, Gemischter Satz is not a blended wine. A blend means that different varietals and vintages of wines are going to be mixed after the vinification. The aim is to achieve a great wine by exploring…

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#MMMC14 – Tradition

Duff's Wines

wine-stain1-3There’s a self-abusive yet strangely entertaining monthly event in wine writing circles called the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge. Last month the theme for #MWWC13 was “Serendipity” as chosen by the previous month’s winner, Anatoli of Talk-a-Vino. I had the good fortune to secure (read: buy) enough votes to win this prestigious challenge. Hey, no chortling, I really did. It meant that I used the prize money to splurge on a new font, a bottle of 2010 DRC Richebourg, and a pair of wild dress socks. That’s the good news. The bad news is that I have to choose this month’s theme.

The theme for #MWWC14 is …………drum roll (well, you probably read it in the title)………Tradizione, Tradition, 傳統 ,ਪਰੰਪਰਾ ,Tradició

From Mr. Mirriam-Webster: tradition (noun)

  • a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something that has been used by the people of a particular group, family, society, etc. for a long time

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#MWWC13 Time to vote!

Being Serendipity


I like being the serendipity for others, especially on our beloved bike trips, where we’re on a quest in a foreign land, on unknown routes and paths, for adventure feasts of the senses worth recounting over glasses of wine and dinner each evening with our pilgrim podmates.

Some of the best stories we literally bring to the dinner table are the ones of serendipity following hardship. Because we almost to a person fail to ever bother to get in shape and train before the trip begins, there is legendary hardship at the beginning of every trip… in fact, all throughout the trip, because we still aren’t even fit by the end of 10 days or so, not enough to avoid hardship. Remarkably, we continue to somehow be surprised when these hardships involve near heat stroke and heart attack, getting lost and despairing of ever returning to the home and loved ones or even just…

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