Never heard of Grüner Veltliner (pronounced Grooner Velt-leener)? Neither had I until last year when a dear friend of mine in NYC recommended I try it as an exotic alternative to dry Riesling or Sauv Blanc. I’m so glad she did because it has quickly become one of my favorite white wines – when I can find it. (I say that because the only restaurant I’ve been to that sells it by the glass is the Napa Rose restaurant at Disneyland. They sell a Grüner by Gobelsburg which is fantastic! Otherwise just know you’re going to have to order it online or go to a specialty wine shop that has a varied selection of international wines.)
I refer to Grüner Veltliner as the jewel of Austria because it’s one of the only producers in the world, and all of the others that try, truly fail to capture the essence of this fresh and zesty wine. It is definitely a wine that thrives best in it’s homeland of Austria.
Grüner increased in popularity in the U.S. in the mid 80’s-90’s and then dropped in popularity for no reason other than American Sommeliers moved onto other exotic wines. Production in Austria actually decreased nearly 22% because of it, but Grüner still remains it’s most dominantly grown varietal. I hope to see the popularity increase again in the coming years because this is a truly special wine.
Flavors that come to mind when tasting Grüner can range from tangy flavors of lime, lemon and green pepper all the way to juicy fruits such as peaches. Yeaaaa! Doesn’t that sound so interesting and mouth watering?
Grüner is known for it’s high acidity, so much so that it slaps you in the face when you drink it. Because of this, it’s a great wine to drink with rich, buttery foods because the acidity cleanses your palate. It’s also very tasty with spicy asian foods.
While some Grüners come with a slightly higher sugar content than others, know automatically that most are dry and come with an average alcohol content of around 12.5% which, for me personally, is my favorite ABV for white wines.
As you may have noticed from my past few blog entries, I’m trying to incorporate more videos into my posts to add an extra layer of info. So here I have found a great video about my personal favorite (and affordable) producer of Grüner Veltliner – Domaine Gobelsburg – posted by Q on Wine
Enjoy and cheers everyone!