Quantity And Quality

Courtesy of HOSPIZ HOTEL

BOTTLE BANK: Some of the priciest wines rest in the Hospiz's cellar

The phrase apres-ski conjures up crowded bars, the sudden, fierce glow of a shot of schnapps, voices straining over blaring music and melting ice puddling around snow boots. But in the tiny village of St. Christoph, 1,800 m up in Austria's famed Arlberg skiing region, the family-owned five-star Hospiz Hotel and nearby Hospiz Alm ski lodge offer a more refined way to kick back after a day on the slopes. Together they boast one of the world's prime collections of Bordeaux — much of it in large-format bottles.

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