We’ve recently noticed a seasonal uptick in sales of Gruner Veltliner. Only five years ago this Austrian white wine was virtually unknown but thanks to versions like our Etz Gruner Veltliner 2009 ($13.50) that comes in a reasonably priced handy liter size great for parties, this crisp, refreshing, citrusy wine has taken the wine world by storm. So much so that it even has a nickname, “Gru-Vee.” Since so many of you are familiar with or getting to know this grape, we thought it would be fun to introduce you to some variations on the gruner theme. So on Friday from 6-8pm, in addition to the Etz, we’ll pour:
Leth Gruner Veltliner Steinagrund 2010 ($18.50). One of Mike’s favorite wines in the store year-round. The porous, calcium-rich soil of the Wagram region in Austria where this wine comes from is considered to be nearly ideal for growing Gruner Veltliner. The Leth Winery is known for producing wines that beautifully express Wagram’s unique ‘terroir.’ This is a dry white, with flavors of white pepper and a distinct minerality.
Forstreiter Kremser Kogl Gruner Veltliner 2010 ($14). A fantastic value gruner from the superb Austrian producer Meinhard Forstreiter. We’re a bit confused by how the winery determines the price for this cuvee because, for us, this wine drinks as good if not better than most other gruners at twice the price. Intense grapefruit and ripe tropical fruits combine with the varietal’s requisite minerality and racy acidity making it a standout for the season.