I went to work Tuesday AM thinking we were having friends over for
simple Italian dinner, but got home to discover Betsy had been to the
Chinese supermarket, and dinner plans were:
salt and pepper squid
chicken poached in a soy sauce broth
plus some Chinese pickles she had made last week (all recipes were
from Kylie Kwong book).
To go with the squid, the 2009 Hofer Gruner Veltliner (in liter
bottle). Nice, fresh, floral, light. There's not a lot there, but it's
clean and a good match for the hot squid, and $10./liter! B/B-, but a
The red was the 2006 Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune. Ripe red fruit, a hint
of espresso, some earth. Nice balance of fruit, tannins, and acid.
Straightforward Burgundy that is unlikely to wow anyone, but tasty and
Nice night with good friends, plus their standard poodle. Dogs and
people all happy
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an
excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I
wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I
offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of
I gotta find me one of these some day... I saw a number of GVs in liter
format in Berkeley over the holidays, but no Hofer, alas :(
Do you recall my note on this wine from the holidays? I was struck with
how light in body and color it was, but it was a very appealing wine.
Michael Pronay wrote in
Now that you mention, I had a bottle of Hackl Grüner Veltliner 2008 which I
thought was nice, but was not able to find a single reference on the
producer on the internet. They also make a Zweigelt that reminded me of a
Beaujolais Nouveau with some residual sugar. Interesting wine (that is now
been part of a chicken recipe, BTW).
Any reference on this producer?
Oh, that's extremely interesting. Originally (and still his main
job) is something in the advertising/publishing/printig field.
He's a newcomer to winegrowing, but an absolute sherry aficionado
& connoisseur: he even went to Sanlúcar to live there for a year
and a half and knows just about anybody in this business.
He has written a book about Sherry (in German), but is still
looking for a publisher ... :-(
I've read a few articles he wrote back in 2006/7 on the website
of the Vienna daily newspaper "Der Standard": excellent.
Unfortunately, I have never met him in person, nor have I tasted
his wines. AFAIK he's also a Weinakademiker (= WSET diploma), so
his wines should at least be decent.
Which is how I got to his bottles. A friend with a deep interest in Sherry
got some bottles and I got to try them.
Bad times for writers. The leading wine magazine in Spain (Sibaritas) has
just retire from the market.
I thought they were well made, but found them lacking a bit on character. I
am not an expert in Grüner Veltliner or Zweigelt anyway.