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20 May 2014

One hundred guests gathered to hear two leading names from the Austrian world of wine - Niki Moser and Willie Klinger - speak at a wine tasting dinner in Cleaver East restaurant in the Clarence Hotel on Tuesday. They were invited over by Wilhelm Nest of Advantage Austria.

One of the most famous names in Austrian viticulture, Niki Moser, and his daughter Kathi flew into Dublin this week to present  their wines to a group of 100 wine lovers. They were joined by the head of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, Willie Klinger. Over the course of the evening the guests sampled 16 wines from boutique wine growers along with a meal devised by Oliver Dunne.

Seasoned wine critic John Wilson of the Irish Times said later "I was surprised at how great the Zweigelt was, and the Rieslings were superb. Willie Klinger is a great Ambassador for his country's wines. Many people are familiar nowadays with the Grüner Veltliner varietal but this evening was a great way to showcase the great variety of Austrian wines".

Four wineries were represented:
· Sepp Moser
· Schloss Gobelsburg
· Winzer Krems and
· Weingut Wohlmuth
All wines are available in Ireland. 

Also present were Kerri Judge and Noel MacMahon from Febvre (representing Sepp Moser), Joe Karwig from Karwig Wines (representing Weingut Wohlmuth and Winzer Krems) and Barbara Boyle from Origin Wines (representing Schloss Gobelsburg). Karwig Wines sponsored the apperatif, a sparkling wine by Winzer Krems.

The media too was out in force with Jean Smullen from Sunday World, John Wilson from the Irish Times, Martin Moran of the Sunday Times and Raymond Blake of Food and Wine Magazine. The restaurant is located in the Clarence Hotel which belongs to Irish rock bank U2.

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Aperative: Haus Österreich Riesling Sekt

St Tola Goats Cheese Parfait,
Heirloom Beets, Walnut Praline

Wohlmuth: 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Klassik
Winzer Krems: 2013 Riesling von den Terrassen
Schloss Gobelsburg: 2013 Grüner Veltliner Domäne Gobelsburg
Sepp Moser: 2013 Riesling von den Terrassen

Carpaccio of Irish Dexter Beef,
Rocket Pesto and 36 Month Reggiano Parmesan

Wohlmuth: 2008 Pinot Noir Ernte
Winzer Krems: 2013 Grüner Veltliner Kremser Sandgrube
Schloss Gobelsburg: 2011 Grüner Veltliner Renner
Sepp Moser: 2007 Riesling Gebling

Main course
Roast Rump of Lamb,
Fondant Potato, Pea Puree, Glazed Carrots and Rosemary Jus

Wohlmuth: 2010 Aristos
Winzer Krems: 2012 Blauer Zweigelt St.Severin
Schloss Gobelsburg: 2011 Grüner Veltliner Grub
Sepp Moser: 2011 Zweigelt Reserve

Passion Fruit and Cream Panna Cotta,
Mango, Honeycomb and Mint

Wohlmuth: 2011 Gelber Muskateller Steinriegel
Winzer Krems: 2013 Grüner Veltliner Kremser Goldberg Kellermeister Privat
Schloss Gobelsburg: 2011 Riesling Auslese
Sepp Moser: 2012 Pinot Blanc Beerenauslese
For more about the wines, you can read Jean Smullen's blog here.

Karwig Wines
Febvre Wines Website
Origin Wines