OK, so the H&M Hofer Zweigelt Rosé isn’t Italian. It’s still one of my favorite Pink drinks.
This flirty little wine is made organically with Zweigelt, an Austrian grape, which is dark-skinned, and rich with acidity. The short contact with the skins in order to produce this rosé highlights the grape’s elusive aromatics: fresh strawberries, cherry-pits and wet stones. On the palate the wine is bright, crispy and finished with a shimmering minerality. The perfect wine to sip all summer long.
From what I understand, the area where this wine is produced, Auersthal, is an unlikely place for an organic estate. The village has a history of wine making and vine-growing, but also of oil mining. This area north of Vienna is comparable to the Texas of Austria, a region famous for its fossil fuel mining industry. Somehow Franz and Christina Hofer’s 15 hectares of vines produce something even more precious than oil… they make this rosé!
One of my favorite distributors, Cavatappi, is launching their new portfolio in Portland tomorrow. Come see us between 1 and 4pm at the Portland City Grill, Monday April 23. I’ll be there representing Ca’ del Bosco, Paolo Scavino, Tolaini and Terlano. There will be a room full of winemakers and winery representatives for you to learn from and taste with.
Specifically, you’ll have a chance to meet Italian wine legend Giorgio Rivetti, who will be there in person to pour his wines from La Spinetta. This is an opportunity not to be missed!
Revel in Seattle is one of those places the locals frequent for lunch. You’d be a lucky tourist who found this place while visiting from out of town. Very lucky. Revel’s husband and wife chef duo Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi met while cooking at New York’s illustrious Alain Ducasse at the Essex House. Their current project, Revel, is quite frankly, a revelation of reinterpreted Korean
comfort. Delicious, accessible to Korean-food novices like I am, and with a wine list to make any wine geek shed a quiet tear of pride.