Vienna calling: Austrian wines by the glass + Loimer dinner at Switch

Under glass...Austrian winemaker Fred Loimer is in town with a busy slate of classes and wine dinners at the newly opened Switch Grill. I had a chance yesterday to try several wines with Loimer and, given all the talk about corks versus screw tops, it was nice to see glass closures on some bottles, including Loimer’s own Pinot Noir. (I then  fueled up on those “dinosaur” mugs of coffee. Frequent coffee drinker card, please, Switch.) Anyway, Loimer says ~10 percent of Austrian wine is topped by glass, with most of the rest under screw top. I also found the Gross Sauvignon Blanc — if you are immature like me, you giggled at the name — to be interesting, especially as a contrast with typical New Zealand offerings, such as the Momo Sauvignon Blanc on the menu, given that it comes with riper fruit aromas and a milder body. Anyway, two other things to note:

One, Switch has four Austrian wines by the glass on the menu this week: Loimer Gruner Veltliner, Loimer Pinot Noir, Wieninger Gruner Veltliner and Heinrich Blaufrankisch (see photo below). Prices start at rmb40. All of the wines come from importer and distributor The Wine Republic.

Two, there is a wine dinner tonight with Loimer. The promotion will see Switch chef Heinz Klenner, who also hails from the land of skiing, symphonies and Schwarzeneggers, prepare five dishes, including potato broth with trout, braised beef cheeks with semolina dumplings, and sour cream strudel with mango salsa. The dinner is rmb750. Book a seat at 6553-5691.

Blau(frankisch) it out your glass.