Dreaming of summer: Gruner Veltliner

Snow covered witch hazel in bloom.
Snow covered witch hazel in bloom.
A smidgen of sun between snow showers.
A smidgen of sun between snow showers.

As I write it is cold and snowing here.  We have more snow on the ground with a few more inches anticipated in the next 36 hours than Walla Walla usually has to deal with at one time.  Discussion of drought conditions, supported by our dismally low precipitation levels, make the snow very acceptable.  But, this long, gloomy and very cold season with a heavy course load is prompting summer dreams.  This evening, to satisfy some of the need, we made a huge salad for dinner and opened a bottle of white wine made just for summer: Fred Loimer’s 2011 Lois Gruner Veltliner.

Fred Loimer's 2011 Lois Gruner Veltliner
Fred Loimer’s 2011 Lois Gruner Veltliner
A sunny, pale yellow Gruner Veltliner.
A sunny, pale yellow Gruner Veltliner.

I have had this before, but my husband and partner in wine has not.  My memory held true: it is a grape I enjoy.  The subtle aromas of lime, green apple and a hint of marzipan continue on the palate with a crisp acidity and vegetal finish.  It went very well with the salad dinner.

Have a terrific Valentine’s Weekend!

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