When I hear Grüner Veltliner, I’m a little bit intimidated. That sounds like a beast of a wine! Am I about to get by butt kicked? Should I be wearing Lederhosen while I drink this? Is a wine glass appropriate or do I need a boot? Okay…I’ll cut myself off there.
Grüner Veltliner is a varietal produced in Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic and it is used to make white wine. The great aspect of Grüner Veltliner is that it is fairly universally food friendly for pairing and it tastes great young, so you can find many Grüner Veltliners on the affordable spectrum! Some are produced as sparklings, but even this one that I tasted, though not a sparkling, had a few bubbles. Interestingly, the Grüner Veltliner grape is actually in the Traminer family, which if you recall from my tasting of Gewürztraminer, I was not a fan. However, Grüner Veltliner does not have the perfumey traits of Gewürztraminer.
I’m always excited when I can do my 52 Weeks of Wine tasting with my husband. We are 100% on the same page with our preferences in red wines, however he will tell you that he does not have much appreciation for white wines. So, any chance I can get to have him analyze a white wine and pull out the aspects he likes, helps me understand his preferences.
Whenever I do a wine tasting with my husband, I always have him share his opinion first. I don’t want to influence his thoughts and I definitely don’t want to disclose any of the flavors that I smell or taste out of concern of him stopping at just those. Interestingly, with this Grüner Veltliner, he immediately picked up on the bubbles. He saw them visually and tasted them. I didn’t even notice! It wasn’t a sparkling wine but it did have some very subtle traits of carbonation. We both enjoyed the citrus notes in the smell and taste and pulled out flavors of green apple and grapefruit. After reviewing the official tasting notes, there were also hints of starfruit, which is not a flavor I am overly familiar with. Overall, I was thrilled to hear that he loved it! I would need to taste more Grüner Veltliners to really understand the differences, but if it was a blind taste test, I would have guessed Sauv Blanc. The two varietals are most comparable due to their citrus and tangy traits with the same refreshing aspects. As for the color, it’s a beautiful pale yellow. This would be a great wine to have at a party or bring to an event – it’s smooth, refreshing and will pair well with many foods.
I bought this Grooner, Grüner Veltliner (2016) from the Wine Gallery and Gourmet in Colorado Springs for $10 as part of their 6 for $60 deal. Check them out!