An Austrian Red Wine Receives World Class Score in American Wine Publication for the First Time

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For the first time, a red wine from Austria has received a score that puts it on par with the best red wines in the world. This is an achievement that proves the distance Austrian red wines have come in recent years.

The "Moric" wine from Austria has received 94 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. This is the highest score ever achieved by a red wine from Austria in a major American wine publication.

David Schildknecht, the Austrian wine reviewer for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, writes of winemaker Roland Velich and the Moric: "His are wines in a style you will not encounter anywhere else in Austria: Blaufrankisch vinified as if it were Grand Cru Burgundy."

Austria has long been ranked amongst the best regions in the world for their white and dessert wines, regularly scoring points up to 100. Austrian red wines had only earned scores in the 80's, with a few in the low 90's, from publications such as the Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, and Wine Enthusiast. However, the quality of these wines has been improving dramatically over the past decade. There is a "nature vs. nurture" debate going on as to whether this improvement is due to greater red winemaking skills, or if global warming is playing a part.

"Greatness in wine is never in the obvious, never in the superficial, never on the surface. Greatness in wine is in the nuances, it is hidden in the depth of a wine and will come forward and show itself only to the patient those willing to spend the extra time and effort." Roland Velich of Moric explains.

The vines used to produce the Moric wines are between 40 to 110 years old. Production of the top two Moric wines, the Alte Reben ("old vines") Lutzmannsburg and Neckenmarkt, is extremely limited and as such is exclusively available from a single U.S. importer: Winemonger LLC, based in Los Angeles.

The importer has made it available direct to the consumer via their retail website: can legally ship wine to consumers in 27 states, taking advantage of the recent Supreme Court ruling.

For additional information about the Moric wines and winery, including trade tasting samples and photographs for press, contact Emily Weissman at 323.666.5566 or email.

About Winemonger

Winemonger is a boutique wine import and retail company based in Los Angeles, California. It imports and sells special wines that are an expression of their region: world class wines that reflect terroir, tradition and the winemaker's personal philosophy. Winemonger currently offers a unique catalog of Austrian wines, with more varietals and regions to come.

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