When spring arrives I begin drinking lots of white wine. The days are a tad warmer and there is a nice stretch in the evenings. The deck and the grill are calling my name and with it the chance to relax after a hard day’s work (seriously my work can be hard!). And the wines that I tend to reach for at this time of year are racy, clean and vibrant. So it could be a Sancerre from the Loire, a Vino Verde from Portugal, a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or one of the best spring wines ever, Grüner Veltliner from Austria.
And to be honest with you, the “Hugo” from young up-and-coming winemaker Markus Huber, makes a great classic version of the style. It is all bright fruit on the nose with plenty of green apple and citrus; the palate is rich with peaches and pear, the lime tapering off to give a nice clean finish. I found Grüner a few years ago, fell in love and have never looked back. I really like taking a bottle to a friend’s house and seeing the reaction on people’s faces upon tasting it – it’s always great. Now is the time to seek out this style of wine and become acquainted with it. You’ll be thankful you did!
Hugo Grüner Veltliner 2011
A dry, food-friendly wine with citrus and peach flavors, spicy notes of pepper and sometimes tobacco notes. This wine is a crystalline, fresh Grüner showcasing the Lower Austrian pedigree for the variety.
The Perfect Cheese Pairing
Roth Käse Gruyère Surchoix – This aged cheese is semi-firm with a dense, creamy flesh and a little grana. Multiple layers of nut, fruit and earth tones provide a huge, mouth-filling finish that mingle and meld beautifully with Hugo.