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Matsuhisa wine dinner pairs Austrian whites with sushi

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

On Tuesday, Matsuhisa sommelier Andreas Harl and guest sommelier Andreas Wickhoff will present different flights of Austrian wines at Matsuhisa Vail during a wine dinner.

Wickhoff is the managing director for some of the country’s best wineries, the Premium Estates of Austria, and his ties to the Vail Valley (having worked at the Sonnenalp 10 years ago) bring him back to Vail regularly.

“I am very excited to be working and featuring some wines that normally don’t come into the state,” Harl said.

Besides some of Fred Loimer’s single vineyard Grueners, such as Kaeferberg, both sommeliers are very excited to feature Gernot Heinrich’s Leithaberg Blaufraenkisch from the area of Burgenland and Harl’s favorite, a Morillon (Chardonnay) from a single vineyard in Styria.

Michel Chapoutier, one of France’s most famous winemakers, recently dined at Matsuhisa and was excited about how well Gruener and sushi worked together.

“It’s the only wine that should be drunk with sushi,” he said after dinner.

Besides several Gruener Veltliners and Rieslings, which make up the staple diet of an Austrian wine lover, there will be a few surprise whites and reds that are worth scrutinizing. Check out the special Omakase menu (seven-course chef’s menu) prepared that night, which will include Austrian wine pairings.

The dinner takes place Tuesday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Attend to learn why Austrian wines and Matsuhisa dishes work so well together. The dinner is $145 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Call 970-476-6628 for more information.

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