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Great Grüner from Austria

Northside Staff Tasters: Dave Pohl, ed., Dana Malley, Dave Marrano, Kelley O’Neill, Jason Wentworth

Austria is home to one of Europe’s most exciting wine scenes. Its winemaking community is relatively youthful, highly competitive, and very quality oriented. The wines produced come in many styles, and are produced from a dizzying variety of grape varieties.

Austria’s most widely planted grape is Grüner Veltliner (GROO-nuhr Felt-LEEN-ehr), occupying about a third of the country’s vineyards. It produces wines that range from the light, flowery, and crisp to rich, complex, and profound. Its flavors and aromas can be reminiscent of citrus fruits, herbs, white pepper, flowers, and smoke, frequently underscored by a pleasant mineral quality.

The staff at Northside recently conducted a blind tasting of 20 Grüner Veltliners. There were very few, if any substandard wines in the tasting, and the staff found these wines to be delicious and highly distinctive. Many of the best wines had a distinctive white pepper note in the finish.

The first place wine was not one of the most expensive. At $12 per bottle, the 2005 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Gobelsburger was deemed a fabulous value. This mouth-watering wine combines notes of citrus, herbs, pitted fruits, and white pepper, and has a brisk, refreshing finish [Sku 8440].*

This very appealing wine should match well with a wide range of vegetarian dishes, as well as light meat dishes featuring chicken, pork, or veal. Don’t miss it!

"Top Wine Picks" as seen in The Ithaca Journal 10/02/2006

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