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Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 326 Drink: Höpler Gruner Veltliner 2008

Höpler Winery is in Breitenbrunn, Austria, southeast of Vienna on Lake Neusiedl. Half of the wines it makes are whites, with Gruner Veltliner -- the national grape of Austria -- being the most unique.

Gruner Veltliner is a food friendly wine that is usually best consumed young. Traditionally at home in Austria and the Czech Republic, a number of American wineries have begun planting the grape.

Höpler Gruner Veltliner 2008 is a white that has a slight green tinge to its color. The aroma is a pleasant light pear. The flavor tells the story of a rocky soil and the Austrian growing season. The wine has a residual sugar of 1.5 percent and 5.0 grams of acidity, so it is a crisp refreshing drink.

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