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