WINE OF THE MONTH
About an hour southeast of Vienna, Weingut Höpler is amidst a backdrop of rolling hills and abundant sunshine. Bordered by the Austrian Alps to the west, and next to the massive Lake Neusiedl in the east, it has a unique microclimate with high humidity, cool alpine winds, and over 300 days of sunshine per year. The name Pannonica references the region itself; once an important province of the Roman Empire known as Pannonia. The family-run winery focuses on native grapes while utilizing modern techniques, creating clean and elegant wines. Winemaker Christof Höpler strikes a balance of sustainable vineyard practices and hand-harvesting, along with a new state-of-the-art winery.
The Pannonica Rosé is a fresh and juicy blend of Pinot Noir, St. Laurent, and Blaufränkisch. Peachy-pink and slightly effervescent, this is the true definition of a ‘porch pounder’. With crisp acidity, lush notes of red bartlett pear, mixed berries and lychee, followed by supple minerality. Fermented in stainless steel and just a hint off-dry, this is the zippy, summer sipper we all need. Perfect for a backyard BBQ, throwing in the cooler for camping, or a picnic in the park. Pairs effortlessly with grilled salmon, bratwurst with all the fixins’, muffuletta sandwiches, and pimento cheese dip. You better believe this spritz-y lil’ number is both a screw-top AND only 11 bucks.