Ξ October 8th, 2010 | → 2 Comments | ∇ A Day at a Time, International Terroirs, Wine & Politics, Wine Bars, Wine News |
What follows is by turns a personal and obvious selection of general and specific web sites to assist especially the North American traveler to Vienna, Austria, this year’s host of the European Wine Bloggers Conference. I have the good fortune (and sense) to arrive a few days earlier than the conference itself. So in the interests of hitting the ground running, I’ve been doing a bit of research on transportation, art and architecture, open flea and food markets, specialty restaurants, cultural events, and, of course, wine. Vienna’s urban geography is completely unknown to me; the German language, a thicket of rough consonants. However, though maps and virtual guides (not to mention a phrase book) are of great importance to most visitors, I particularly look forward to getting good and lost. There is no better way to learn about a city than to fall off the radar, go off the grid. Nevertheless, I offer the following list just in case!
Shedding a little light, web cams of Vienna, Austria.
Fairly good compilation of Viennese sights, monuments and architectural features.
A competent, easy to navigate on-line guide to public transportation in Vienna:
Helpful guide to the taxi system of Vienna.
A useful Calender of Events. Right side bar features helpful links specifically related to wine & food:
I am especially excited about this collection of Austria’s most popular markets. The link leads with Vienna itself. 1000 stories are just waiting to be written!
Interesting calendar of Vienna walks. Think I’ll do the Unknown Underground tour on the 20th. Anyone else?
Vegetarian restaurants in Vienna:
A very interesting art house, The Secession. Radical, innovative, chic. Often in the news!
Art, Art, and more Art! A good compilation of museums, and more (there is always more).
(Lord, help me!) Another portal for art museums in Vienna.
Magnificent! Everyone must visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The Bruegel collection alone is staggering.
A very current look at the wine bars in Vienna, part one of two.
Supplemental: I am not sure just how current, but here’s an expansive compilation (with multi-lingual reviews) of wine bars.
Boy, it’s not easy finding passable on-line summations on the vineyards of Vienna, but this is a start.
While many today energetically stoke the fires of (routinized) wine scandals in France and Italy, it is important to reflect on one of the most damaging and, therefore, instructive in recent memory. Here is an amusing and informative wiki entry on Austria’s diethylene glycol wine scandal back in 1985. In a recent round-up of EWBC tweets on a site unrelated to the EWBC itself, this link was mysteriously dropped; clearly an indication of the on-going sensitivity to the subject.
Some might have time for a day trip to Salzburg, which according to this website is less than 3 hours away by train.
I have a few angles to explore with respect to more controversial topics, some cultural, some political. No maps, busses or taxis can take the hungry intellect such places. It is, in the final analysis, a matter of independence. Wine is culture. Very simple. See you there!