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October 2012

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NEW YORK CITY SIPS Wine Around Town T by Lana Bortolot he Ode to Austria tour in New York and Chicago saluted the Summer of Riesling's final days with a visit by reign- ing Austrian Wine Queen Elisabeth Hirschbuechler. Acidhounds descended on East Village Austrian-themed bar Edi & the Wolf for a late-night fest of about 30 different Rieslings. Queen Elisabeth passed out Riesling tattoos, posed with fans and gave German lessons. Ode to Austria was the culminating event of the summer-long promotion, which until now has focused primarily on Germany. In its fifth year, the program has gained traction and interest from other Riesling regions such as Alsace, Australia and Finger Lakes. Austrian Wine Queen Elisabeth Hirschbuechler (right) is flanked by admirers and Riesling fans. W hen California winery Estancia came to town, owner Scott Kelly knew he had to do something a little different to catch the attention of New York lifestyle writers, whose attention in the summer months is usually on the Hamptons. So, he enlisted yogi Colleen Saidman to lead a demonstration of balance— both in body and bottle—against the dramatic backdrop view of the rising World Trade Center. Kelly brought the Pinnacles Ranches Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to town to show that "Estancia wines are uncommonly balanced" as food partners but also balanced with nature, using sustainable practices. Kelly said demonstrating that through yoga was a new way to communicate the holistic picture as well as a way to "shut down the distractions in live and share a moment." Estancia is taking the yoga show on the road to select cities. W 30 / the tasting panel / october 2012 Scott Kelly of Estancia with yogi Colleen Staidman. ild Horse winemaker Clay Brock met with wine writers at Bottino in Chelsea, showcasing his Central Coast portfolio, including the Wild Horse Collection, Unbridled and the premium Cheval Sauvage. The winery is located in Paso Robles, but Brock sources grapes throughout several appellations. Tasters focused on the Chardonnay and a range of Pinot Noirs from across the portfolio. Brock's particular focus was on the wallet-friendly Wild Horse, the signature Pinot for the winery, showing a lot of the funky earthiness and minerality that Pinot-lovers crave for the price (SRP $20). Wild Horse winemaker Clay Brock. PHOTO: LANA BORTOLOT PHOTO: LANA BORTOLOT PHOTO: PETER FREED

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