While I don’t speak Spanish (but wish I did as I mentioned in a previous post), I do speak German at a conversational level. I’ve lived in Germany a couple of times and studied the German language both in the country and at college. In fact, it was almost my minor. I had the credits for it. But book German, or Hochdeutsch, is not the same as the daily spoken language or vernacular. And then you have the variations by region and country. Hochdeutsch is different than Bavarian German which is different that Swiss German which is different than Austrian German, etc. So when I tell you that it took me awhile to work out that Gmörk or Ried Gmörk on this Anton Bauer label means Gmörk Vineyard, please don’t judge me too harshly.
Winemaker: Anton Bauer
Wine: Grüner Veltliner Ried Gmörk
Varietal: Grüner Veltliner
Appellation: Wagram, Austria
Notes: This Austrian sent aromas of zingy green apple and citrus to my olfactory nerves. Color was a light but intense yellow. Acidity was bright and lively in this characteristically effervescent and light-bodied selection. Alcohol was at 12%. When I opened the bottle, the screwtop liner remained affixed to the lip of the bottle until it popped off of its own accord with a sound as satisfying as any champagne cork. Flavors I detected were green apple and lime zest with touches of almond. Pretty tasty and entertaining to boot.
Although labeled as Hugl Weine, it seems clear that this wine comes from the Weingut Hugl-Wimmer. According to importer Kysela Pere et Fils, Ltd., the vintner is “a young family-run winery located in the north-east of Austria, in Ketzelsdorf-Poysdorf. The owners Sylvia and Martin Hugl aim to produce fruity, full-bodied wines that are typical of the region and the soils. They make use of the experience of their parents and combine it with their know-how and modern techniques to create high-quality wines.” And it appears that Weingut Hugl-Wimmer is not just another “family-owned” operation. On their own website, the Hugls state quite clearly that their parents and siblings also join in the work as needed. So it really is family-run.
Vineyard: Hugl Weine
Varietal: Grüner Veltliner
Appellation: Niederösterreich, Austria
Price: $10.59 for 1 Liter at Whole Foods
Notes: The color of this Austrian white was a pale golden hue. The bouquet held scents of peach and nectarine. The body was light and acidity was fine. Alcohol was at 13.5%. On the palate I found peach, some citrus, notes of almond, grass, and just a touch of honey. It was a pleasant, refreshing glass of wine. I think it would make a nice accompaniment to a light white fish.
I went to dinner not too long ago at a restaurant that had a strikingly large wine list. On it were quite a number of listings I hadn’t seen. Among them was a Gruener Veltliner. I understand that Gruener Veltliner is becoming the new hot white wine in some quarters – esp. among some of the nouveaux cuisine chefs. Although I had fried chicken for dinner (very good fried chicken), I guess this restaurant is on the cutting edge – esp. in the wine department. I must say that their wine list also contained some selections I recognized (like Heitz Cellars Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon) which I certainly wish I could have afforded. One day, perhaps. In the meantime …
Notes: This wine hits the tongue with a lively effervescence and tart green apple flavor. Add to that notes of lime, grass and mineral as it transits the palate, and you’ve got the essence of my experience with this wine. I liked it. I thought it was quite pleasant and would go well with light meats and pretty much any seafood. I didn’t, in fact, drink this selection with the aforementioned fried chicken. It was a fine accompaniment to my appetizer which was a small fried oyster sandwich.
Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur. See “About” for the full disclaimer.