At that time, Esterházy was already known for the quality of the wine made at its ancestral home in Burgenland in eastern Austria near the Hungarian border. Now, some 250 years later, Esterházy wines have come to the United States, and Americans can discover for themselves why Haydn so willingly accepted wine rather than cash.
Esterházy produces wines in several categories. Among the wines in its Classic category is Zweigelt, from a red grape created in Austria in 1922 when Dr. Zweigelt crossed two other grape varieties to fashion this new one. Zweigelt is now the most widely planted red grape in Austria. Esterházy’s 2009 ($26) is quietly refined, well knit, fresh, fruity and nimble.
Grüner Veltlinter, a wine from Esterházy’s Estoras category, is Austria’s most popular white, made from an indigenous grape of the same name. The aroma of the 2010 ($29) is reminiscent of tropical fruits; its taste is minerally and inviting. Another Estoras wine blends 80 percent of Blaufrankish, one of Austria’s most prominent red grapes, with 20 percent Cabernet Sauvignon to give, in its 2009 version, a vibrant, spicy, lively and ample-bodied wine ($33).
Esterházy takes particular pride in its Tesoro. And indeed, judging from the 2008 ($86.50), it is an exceptional wine. Here the winery moves from Austria’s own grapes completely to international varieties, blending 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon to create an intriguing wine with an intense nose, deep flavors and excellent balance. In all, an elegant wine.
And finally, under its sweet category, there is the Esterházy Trockenbeerenauslese Cuvée 2008, the rare, exquisite, sweet wine that has few rivals. Its nose is all ripe peach and apricot; its body is luscious and honey-like; the taste, with its concentrated sweetness balanced by a bright acidity, is dessert in itself. The price, $57 for a .375 bottle (half a standard bottle), is not inexpensive, but for the pleasure it gives, worth many times its price.
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Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
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