Happy Friday!! Can you believe spring is almost over??!! Yep, looking at the weather map of the US, it seems most of the country is heating up. Here in SF, we’ve got our cool microclimate, but should one venture north, south, or east for an hour or so, look out! One of summer’s challenges is to stay cool and refreshed. We’ve all got our methods for keeping cool, whether it’s spending time at the beach, pool, cinema, or refrigerated section of the local grocery store. Refreshed? Rule #1 – stay hydrated, drink lots of water. Rule #2? Something cool and crisp in your wine glass. May we offer a suggestion? Full liter bottle. Unpretentious bottle cap enclosure. 12.5% alcohol. Certified organic. Crisp. Dry. Tank fermented. 15 bucks. How about the 2013 H & M Hofer Grüner Veltliner?
If one is going to name the most refreshing white wines of the world, Grüner Veltliner is going to be on the short list; its unpretentious, entry-level liter bottles hover near the top of the best values column. It is Austria’s most widely planted grape, and has a global fan base. It’s sleek, herbaceous, mineral driven, bright, and crisp. It’s a great wine to pair with summer salads and crudo dishes, and it is an ideal refresher whilst cooling off on a summer’s evening. That 12.5% abv helps a bunch too; sure, have a second glass! With all of our French and Italian direct-imports, we don’t spend a whole lot of time writing about Grüner-Veltliner, but take our word for it, we all love the stuff! Funny, it was at around this time last year when we sent out a pre-summer blurb about Veltliner. Go back a few more years, and we sent out another pre-summer Gru-V offer! So there you go, no coincidence; when the weather heats up, we love our Veltliner!
The 2013 H & M Hofer certified organic Grüner Veltliner is a Terry Theise selection imported by Michael Skurnik wines out of New York. If you’ve never read any of Terry Theise’s writing about Austrian wines, and you appreciate well crafted wine writing with substance and whimsy, give him a spin. Terry never disappoints. Here’s what he had to say about the liter bottlings of Hofer’s 2013 Veltliner, “This wine took off like a rocket, and we needed to contain it. That’s correct; we needed to write less business, because it was the only way to sustain quality and to ensure the wine would continue being organic.”
So giddy-up, next stop: summer. Let’s all get outdoors and enjoy the warm weather. Hosting an impromptu gathering? Let us suggest the perfect summer aperitif wine: 2013 H & M Hofer certified organic Grüner Veltliner!