All posts tagged: Berger Gruner Veltliner

Grüvy Grüner

Today’s Times features an article on grüner veltliner, a wine we’ve loved for years. We’re proud to say the column mentioned our 1-liter Berger grüner, available at both stores, as a satisfying, perennial value.

If you haven’t tried grüner veltliner, summer is the perfect time. Per the Times, grüner is “crisp and light-bodied to rich and full-bodied, with aromas and flavors of lemon and grapefruit, flowers and herbs. Perhaps its most distinctive feature is a peppery spiciness. Good examples can also have a minerality . . . . [and a] refreshing tanginess, borne of good acidity. All told, a good grüner veltliner goes wonderfully with many foods.”

Smaragd wines from the Wachau region represent the ripest of grapes that can achieve “crystalline purity and a peppery, minerally richness, with underlying citrus, floral and mineral flavors.” Of course they’re more than twice the price of the more inexpensive grüners but we’ve got one in Brooklyn if you’re intrigued.

Our grüner selection:

Weingut E & M Berger Grüuner Veltliner 2008

Ecker Grüuner Veltliner 2008
Weingut Leth Grüuner Veltliner Steinagrund 2008
Johann Donabaum Spitzer Point Smaragd Grüuner Veltliner 2007

Weingut E & M Berger Grüner Veltliner 2008
Gritsch Mauritiushof Grüuner Veltliner Kalmuck Federspiel 2007

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Jug Wines

You know the economy is bad when an article called “The Joy of Jug Wines” appears in the Wall Street Journal. But their point – that these are “big, happy” wines perfect for the informal ease of 4th of July gatherings – is well-taken. So here’s a run-down of our large-format wines. Since the fireworks are visible from JERSEY and not BROOKLYN this year, we’ve made portable partying easier by noting which bottles don’t require a corkscrew.


Salvalai Pinot Grigio 2008 1.5L Aromas of fruit and flowers in this dry pinot grigio from the Veneto in Italy.
Berger Gruner Veltliner 2008 1L** Stone fruits, herbs and refreshing acidity in this gruner veltliner from Austria.

Arboreto Montepulciano 1.5L 2008 Berry fruits, cinnamon and cloves mark this classic italian red from Abruzzo.
Artner Zweigelt Cuvee NV 1L** Zweigelt grapes from Austria make a food-friendly red with dark ripe cherry notes and spicy flavor yet plenty of fruit.
Yellow + Blue Malbec 2008 1L** Juicy, medium-bodied, organic malbec from Argentina. Think berries, plum and leather.


Salvalai Pinot Grigio 2008 1.5L
Berger Gruner Veltliner 2008 1L**

Arboreto Montepulciano 2008 1.5L
Artner Zweigelt Cuvee Trocken NV 1L**
Yellow + Blue Malbec 2008 1L**
Mesta Tempranillo 2008 1.5L Classic Spanish grape makes a hearty, earthy red.

** no corkscrew required (the Berger is a soda bottle top, the others just twist off)

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