Few large cities around the world count vineyards within their vicinity.
Vienna is one of them.
Most famous of their offerings is Wiener Gemischter Satz included in Slow Food 'Ark of Taste', slightly skunky according to Alice Feiring.
Austrian National Tourist Office notes:
"Many are surprised to learn that urban Vienna is also a wine region. But within the city limits, 320 winemakers tend 1,680 acres of grapes – mostly in the river-flanking areas of Nussberg, Kahlenberg, Bisamberg and Mauer."
5 wineries from Vienna banded together and formed WienWein to share their offerings with the world.
Amongst them Weingut Cobenzl whose wines illustrate this piece.
Over the months of April and May 2013, the Wellcome Collection in London tries to answer the question Who's the Pest, with combination of Free and Paid events.
Program notes intertwined existence of man and bug:
"From their first bite to the fact they eat us when we die, insects will always be part of our lives. Explore the entwined, co-dependent and timeless love story between humans and insects and answer the burning question… who is more of a pest?"
April 30 and May 1st)
On April 30 and May 1st, sold out evening program (7:30 pm to 10:00 pm) will ask attendees to explore the Deliciousness of Insects...
“How do you take something perceived as ‘inedible’, and create the paradigm shift to bring it into the category of the edible?” This is the challenge embraced by Nordic Food Lab. “We hope to show the diversity of deliciousness, by exploring insects as undervalued yet striking ingredients in the Nordic kitchen and beyond.”
"Come to this stimulating evening where Nordic Food Lab's Director Michael BomFrøst and Head of Culinary Research and Development Benedict Reade join Professor Marcel Dicke, ambassador for insects and TED speaker, to show you the possibilities offered by entomophagy (eating insects). Immerse yourself in insect cookery with live commentary and have delicious insect canapés bought to your table."
One a the Free events is Insects au Gratin :
"Insects Au Gratin focuses on the future of food, and shows the potential of insects as a sustainable food source. Enter the near future of food: experience for yourself the sensory world of harvesting mini-livestock and witness table-top 3D printing demos of possible novel insect foods that could be on our plates sooner than we think."
This is an installation created by Susana Soares in collaboration with Steak Studio. It runs until May 5th.
With Vinexpo 2013 barely 2 months away, the event newsletter 'Vinexpo News' offers 4 Reasons Why American Wine Professionals Should Attend Vinexpo 2013 with 4 numbers culled from recent study.
"1)+55% : Projected increase in premium wine sales (above $10 a bottle) in the US between 2011 and 2016 2)100 million: number ofcases of imported wine forecasted to be consumed in the US in 2016 (an 11.5% increase over 2012) 3)+25%: Projected increase in sparkling wine consumptionin the US between 2012 and 2016 4)$26.8 billion: projected retail sales of still wines in the US in 2016 (an 11.4% increase vs. 2012)"
((Source: 11th Global Study on Current Trends in the International Wine & Spirits Markets AND Outlook to 2016; Vinexpo/The IWSR; January, 2013). The complete study is available for purchase.)