My first experience with Austria’s signature wine, Grüner Veltliner, was not actually one that was grown and produced in Austria, but in Oregon. Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards, located in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley, produces an outstanding Grüner Veltliner; in fact, owner Steve Reustle was the first to plant Grüner Veltliner in Oregon. At my very first swirl and sip, I became a huge fan of this alluring white wine with notable aromas and flavors of pineapple, white peach, herbs, white pepper and spice. The solid acidic backbone, mineral core and super focused and fresh characteristics were simply divine. From that point on, the white wine of my choice has been and continues to be Grüner Veltliner. Imagine my excitement when I found out that one of the Master Classes I’d be attending during the Snooth People’s Voice Wine Awards was with famed award-winning Austrian Sommelier, Aldo Sohm, who would focus solely on different style Austrian Grüner Veltliners.
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