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Summertime . . . and the drinking is Gru-Vee

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.

Greene GrapeSummertime . . . and the drinking is Gru-Vee
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Have with Ham, Have with Lamb

We hope you join us tonight, Friday April 2 from 5-8pm in both the Brooklyn & Manhattan wine stores to taste our annual staff picks for your Easter spread – a red, white and rose for ham and a red for lamb. Like lamb and ham, these wines are not just for Easter anymore.

Leth Gruner Veltliner 2008

Lean and balanced, this Austrian Gruner Veltliner is a versatile food wine that goes particularly well with ham and other pork dishes but is often overlooked in favor of our cheaper pop-top Gruners. Its minerality and subtle fruitiness will mingle nicely with the saltiness of the ham. This is a dry white, with flavors of white pepper and a hint of white flowers.

Chateau de Roquefort Corail Rosé 2009

We just got in the new vintage of this store favorite – the only rosé we carried through the winter. The bright strawberry and raspberry fruit of this Provençal rosé will provide a nice counterpoint to the saltiness of the ham while the lively acidity will quench your thirst and cleanse your palate of the fattiness of the meat, making you crave the next savory bite. The vineyards are located just over the ridge from the famed (and accordingly-priced) Bandol region.

Friedrich Becker Estate Pinot Noir 2007

A pure, juicy, elegant wine with taut balance, this is the perfect red wine to enjoy with ham. Unlike a bigger, more tannic red, this light-bodied wine with red fruit essences will harmonize with the dish rather than overwhelm it. Often overlooked because it is German, this is Mike’s favorite pinot at this price.

Paul Autard Cotes-du-Rhône 2008

Bored with Bordeaux? Though the standard pair for lamb is Bordeaux, this year Mike recommends a Côtes-du-Rhone – and in particular our Paul Autard 2008. Grenache provides structure and body and Syrah gives an earthy undertone that will complement flavorful, rich lamb meat. You’ll find plum, cherry, and lavender supported by very firm tannins. This is a big wine.

Manhattan will be tasting Stift Goettwigg Messwein 2008, Fleur de California Vin Gris 2009, Friedrich Becker Estate Pinot Noir 2007 & Chateau Haut Lignieres Le 1er Faugeres 2007.

Greene GrapeHave with Ham, Have with Lamb
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