This is a first for me. Untopping a wine bottle with, not a cork, not a screwcap, but a cap removed with a soda or beer opener. The Berger Grüner Veltliner is a dry white wine from Austria, made from the Grüner Veltliner (Groo-ner Velt-LEEN-er) grape. Available in a one liter bottle, this is a crisp, very clean, nicely balanced wine. Austria comes close to being the only country growing this grape, but there are a few others, including the. I’d choose the bottle from Austria every time. While Riesling is still the queen of wine grapes in Austria, Grüner Veltliner is considered Austria’s own. This is my first GV in a very long time, maybe over a decade. It’s affordable for a large Thanksgiving crowd (like the one at my house this year), but not only is it affordable, its wonderful drinking. One glass, and you want another. Read on and see a video below of the Kremstal growing area of Austria.
I can’t emphasize “clean,” “balanced,” and “dry” enough. Balanced acid, crisp citrus, and a bit of spice and white pepper is made for turkey, stuffing, and sweet potatoes. Throw any difficult veggie at it, asparagus, artichokes, and most well-made Grüner Veltliners blend and compliment, including this estate bottled Berger. Serve with Thai and Vietnamese dishes, Sushi, fish, chicken, just about anything but the Sunday pot roast –– one of those versatile wines you can keep around for the holidays or an evening on the patio.
The grapes are grown in the prestigious Austrian wine district of Kremstal. To the northeast is Kamptal and to the southwest Wachau.
As implied in its name, Kremstal centers around Krems-an-der-Donau, a historic wine town on the Danube river 35 miles (55km) northwest of Vienna. The district’s vineyards produce world-class Riesling, and characterful, full-bodied Zweigelt, but the flagship Kremstal wine style is rich, round, aromatic Gruner Veltliner.
The majority of Kremstal’s vineyards are located on the northern side of the Danube. Starting right at the river’s edge, they stretch up into the rolling hills above Krems, northwards as far as Stratzing and eastwards to Gedersdorf. Beyond these two points, the vines belong to the Kamptal district. . . .
In 2007, the Kremstal DAC title was created, specifically for the district’s dry whites made from Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. The appellation covers two styles: the light, fresh Classic, and the richer, fuller-bodied Reserve. Source: Wine-Searcher
If you are a fan of French Sauvignon Blanc (not to be confused with New Zealand and fruitier SB from California) you will appreciate Grüner Veltliner. I see pricing online from $14 to $19 per 1 liter bottle. If you want to pay more, there are reserves available. I don’t have one in front of me this minute, but trust your merchant’s wine manager. It’s 5 pm somewhere. I’m pouring my second glass.
From Terry Theise Estate Selection “Kremstal” (video)