Wine of the Week
Berger 2008 Gruner Veltliner
I went into my favorite wine store yesterday, Country Roads in Marlborough, to see what was new and exciting and to replenish my wine cellar that had been greatly depleted over the last couple weeks. When I walked in I saw that they were featuring a couple of new bottles I had never seen before and I discovered this fabulous Gruner Veltliner. I was initially attracted to the different size and shape of the bottle and the funny little cap that sat on top, almost like a beer cap, and decided to give it a try.
This is the perfect wine to sip as the last days of summer roll by and we transition into fall, and it is priced under $12 for a 1 liter bottle. It will be hard for you to have just one glass.
What the Experts are saying:
Gruner is crisp and clean much like the air in the Austrian Alps—the same Alps which provided mountainous cover for the hurried departure of the Von Trapp family. For me Gruner provides another kind of escape—from the ubiquitous Chardonnay. Chardonnay is typically the default white for folks searching for an accompaniment to everyday food. (via, the crushed grape )
An exotic array of fruit, herb and spice flavors, attractive mineral undertones and mouth puckering acidity. Fresh, clean, light citrus fruit flavor, refreshing acidity, with floral and mineral hints. Not overpowering, simple enough to enjoy without heavy contemplation, an overall fun and friendly wine. Displays ample fruit and mild acidity and almost a sweetness to it and therefore is perfect for spicy hot foods, simply prepared white fish, salads, or as a pre-meal aperitif. (via, all star wine)