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Wednesday
May302012

What’s a Grüner Veltliner?

At Ruth-Anne’s Gourmet Market you can now discover Grüner Veltliner and what it is, and it turns out it is an excellent addition to our stock.

Grüner Veltliner is a variety of wine grape grown mostly in Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and can result in a range of tastes depending on the climate and soil the grapes are grown in. The Grüner Veltliner that is now part of Ruth-Anne’s wine selection, Hugo, from the Huber vineyards in Austria, has an almost shockingly crisp, fresh flavor.

Labeled as a dry white wine, Hugo has a string of apple flavor in it. Like biting into a perfectly ripe granny smith, there is an almost sweet tartness to it that’s refreshing in a way you may not often associate with wine. It has the classic smooth flavor of dry white wines, and the light apple flavor is a perfect accent. 

A flavor light but full, with undercurrents of fruit and summer, Hugo is a fantastic addition to any wine-friendly table. The flavor is full enough to ensure your enjoyment, but also mild enough that it is a versatile option. Just like the Grüner Veltliner grapes the wine is named for don’t quite fit into the ‘normal’ categories of grapes, this wine is not defined by being a white wine, or a dry wine.

The fresh, light flavor of Hugo would make it an excellent companion to a meal of grilled fish, or a variety of chicken dishes. If you’re a little more adventurous in your pairings, try Hugo Grüner Veltliner with an alfredo pasta, or you can go the traditional road and bring Hugo out with a cheese plate. Whatever you’re looking for your wine to accomplish, Hugo is a good, little bit different option for your next wine adventure.