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05/31/2008 05:00PM ● Published by Super Admin

Hopler 2006 Grüner
Veltliner, Austria

Austria (known for Mozart and its whirling nuns, a la The Sound of Music) has a little known white wine varietal called Grüner Veltliner, almost solely grown in Austria’s Rhine-like vineyards of the Danube, west of Vienna.

Never heard of Groovy Grüner? You’re not alone, but this often-overlooked varietal makes up over 35 percent of Austria’s total wine production, more than any other of its kind.

My favorite Austrian winery, Höpler, is located in Winden on the outskirts of Lake Neusiedl. The slate and calcium-rich soils of the area contribute to the complexity and originality of Höplers’ wines. Their Grüner has a lovely, light green tinge, yellow apple scents, and spicy hay flavors that are supported by a gentle acidity.

Grüner Veltliner is particularly tasty when served with cold starters, pastas and delicate salads, or as an aperitif. And when the dog days of summer hit, Grüner’s cool, refreshing citrus and apple notes could even make Julie Andrews swoon.

— Julie Moreland
Julie is owner & wine psychic of WineStyles – Granite Bay.

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