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Senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec has been with Wine Spectator since 1997. She tastes New Zealand wines and California Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc and "other" whites.
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Grooving on Grüner Veltliner

Hofer Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel 2008

MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: November 9, 2009

My affection for Grüner Veltliner goes back about 10 years, to a meal with my colleague Bruce Sanderson at San Francisco’s Slanted Door. Bruce had ordered a “mystery” bottle of white (a game popular among the tasting staff here), and it turned out to be the best Grüner Veltliner I had ever had, from Austrian producer Schloss Gobelsburg. I loved the grapefruit, white pepper and lentil notes, and how well it paired with our food.

Since then, I’ve regularly sought out Grüner Veltliners. So while dining with some friends alfresco on a sunny day, I snapped the wine list shut as soon as I saw the Hofer Grüner Veltliner Weinviertel 2008 for $19. I’ve purchased this wine at retail for about $12, and love its distinctive packaging—it looks like a giant, 1-liter green glass beer bottle, right down to its crown cap. It was juicy and refreshing, with green apple and lime notes and that whiff of white pepper I love. I rated it 85 points, non-blind.

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Andrew J Walter
Sacramento,CA —  November 9, 2009 12:46pm ET
I just purchased some GV from a winery in Maryland ( who, BTW, make a shockingingly nice syrah). We'
ll see how it compared to the Austrian version
David Dain Smith
Ozark Mountains and San Francisco —  November 11, 2009 9:35pm ET
Oh yeah, loves me some Grüner Veltliner!!! What did you pair it with??

David Floyd
Ft. Wayne, IN —  November 26, 2009 11:23am ET
I love GV but am not familiar with many producers. It is my default choice for a white at restaurants, and regardless of the producer or vintage I have never been disappointed, and have consistently enjoyed the pleasant surprise of my guests (What is this? From Austria? Wow!).

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