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.
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.