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Koloman Moser, Vase, 1900, execution: Johann Loetz Witwe, Klostermühle, for E. Bakalowits Söhne, Vienna; iridescent glass with dark blue underlay, clear glass overlay with stripes and dots in silver-yellow, décor “Streifen und Flecken,” Ernst Ploil, Vienna. Photo © Ernst Ploil, Vienna

Wines of Austria: Riesling, Grüner, and More

Thursday, Dec 05, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Beck Building, Mezzanine
5601 Main Street Map & Directions

This wine-tasting seminar complements "Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna: 1897–1907."

Begin with curatorial insights about Viennese designer Koloman Moser, then enjoy an engaging tour of six Austrian wines. Austria's viticulture dates to the Bronze Age, and this program focuses on fin-de-siècle Austria to the present. In 1872, many acres of vineyard were destroyed by a phylloxera outbreak, but by 1907, Austria’s grape cultivation had recovered and the first wine-production laws were passed.

Today, Austria’s booming wine industry is bolstered by the Grüner Veltliner, accounting for more than a third of grape production for dry whites. This seminar, led by wine educator James King, includes two Grüner Veltliner (white), one Riesling (white), one Zweigelt (red), and one St. Laurent (red). And, because Austria was once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a special treat: a Furmint Sec (white) from Hungary’s famed Tokaj region. A mild cheese and crackers are also provided. Zum Wohl!

Doors open at 6:15 pm. Contact for more information.

About the Speaker
James King of the Texas Wine School has worked with the MFAH on wine tastings to complement Picasso Black and White and Intersecting Modernities: The Brillembourg Capriles Collection of Latin American Art. As Ron Saikowski of Greater Houston Weekly says, “This articulate Brit makes wine fun, the way it needs to be, without the pomp and complexities that turn people off.”

Exhibition Catalogue
Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna. 1897–1907 is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, available through The MFAH Shop. Order online, in the shop, or by phone at 713.639.7360.

$55 MFAH Members
$65 Nonmembers
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Education programs receive generous funding from the Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil; the Favrot Fund; the National Museum of Korea; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Americana Foundation; An Anonymous Donor; Mr. William J. Hill; Cameron International Corporation; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; and The Susan Vaughan Foundation.