Darrel Joseph

Darrel Joseph

Darrel Joseph is based in Vienna and began writing about the wines of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe in 1995, after his palate was captured by Hungarian Tokaji and Austrian Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. Since then his interests have broadened to include Croatia, Slovenia and all Balkan wine countries, plus Georgia and Russia, as well as the aforementioned Austria and Hungary. Joseph’s writing has appeared in Decanter, Wine Spectator, Wine Business International and Harpers Wine & Spirit, and he has also contributed to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book and wein.pur‘s Best of Austria, and Guide to Grüner Veltliner. He was also the English language editor of Lászlo Alkonyi’s book, Tokaj, The Wine of Freedom. When he’s not writing, Joseph conducts wine tastings and seminars internationally, and translates a wide range of wine texts from German to English.

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Grgich Vina

Around 25,000 bottles of Plavac Mali wines from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 vintages have been lost at the Grgich winery, one of the best known in Croatia and the…

Austrian wine exports soar

Exports of Austrian bottled wine jumped 30% in 2007, further cementing the country’s reputation for fine wine produced in small quantities.


Top Austrian wine producer Alois Kracher died this morning after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 48 years old.

Gruner Veltliner

When Grüner Veltliner took on white Burgundy in blind tastings last year, wine lovers everywhere took notice. DARREL JOSEPH looks at Austria’s other great white