Feeling tragically unhip? One of the hottest white grapes right now is Gruner Veltliner. It’s relatively unknown even though it is Austria’s most widely planted varietal. And, one of my favorite examples comes from E&M Berger. Look for the green litre bottle with the old school cap its “GruVee” baby. Yeah!
You can find the Berger Gruner Veltliner at Dreadnought Wines for $15.99. Dreadnought is a retailer specializing in the sale of boutique wines to the trade and general public. They are located at 2013 Penn Avenue in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Strip District.
Picture me in my trusty lederhosen, sucking on a Riccola cough drop preparing to belt out a hearty rendition of “The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music”. Or, how about me in a brightly colored unitard about to tackle the demanding slopes of Innsbruck? Conducting the Viennese orchestra?
In addition to these being potentially harmful graphic images, they are all shamefully obvious references to Austria where our current selection has taken us. The 2009 Berger Gruner Veltliner is a wonderful example of what has become Austria’s most widely planted varietal. These wines are very approachable in more ways than one. They are well priced, easy drinking and food friendly. They can also be relative complex, displaying notes of both citrus and spice with a hint of minerality.
So, in lieu of the Austrian visuals referenced above, picture me, instead, affectionately grasping this slightly chilled 1 liter green bottle, popping off the old school bottle cap with a wide, anticipatory grin. You too can get out of the Sauvignon Blanc rut by picking up a bottle ($15.99 at Dreadnought Wines). Give it a try and let me know what you think.
What Others Thought
Most were “pleasantly surprised” by this relative unknown. Popular amongst the “self-proclaimed red wine drinkers”, they liked that it was uncharacteristically “full bodied” and “somewhat dry”. Others saw that as a fault, expecting something “fruity” and “sweeter”. Many were “unaware” of this “Austrian gem”, vowing to seek it out.
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