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by Frank Ward

Archive for February, 2016

A Taste of Vienna – Twenty Five Years after

Posted by Frank Ward on February 28, 2016

AvatarFebruary 2016. A quarter-century ago, in 1990, I visited the Wieninger winery in Vienna and tasted some wines. I was then the wine correspondent of “The European”.Twenty-five vintages later, in late 2015, I went back to taste some more. The wines were good all those years ago; now they’re not only better but there are a lot more of them. The winery is still run by Fritz Wieninger. When I first met him he had 10.5 hectares of vines.[….]

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TOP CZECH COMPOSER CONDUCTS ME TO MORAVIAN WINE-MAKER

Posted by Frank Ward on February 9, 2016

AvatarFebruary 2016. Pavel Zemek Novak (may his tribe increase), learning that I was about to visit the Czech Republic, agreed to show me around his native city of Brno – his country’s second city – and to drive me to one of the best wine estates in the nearby Moravia region. To put you in the picture, Pavel has been described as one of the most individual and distinctive composers of his generation. He has written a large body of symphonic , choral, chamber and orchestral works and teaches music in his native city, at the Brno Conservatoire. [….]

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