Spring Time and Grüner Veltliner Wine

 WIKIPEDIA  says …Grüner Veltliner  is a variety of white wine grape variety grown primarily in Austria, Slovakia and in the Czech Republic. It has a reputation of being a particularly food-friendly wine.
It is made into wines of many different styles – much is intended for drinking young in the Heuriger (bars serving new wine) of Vienna, a little is made into sparkling wine, but some is capable of long aging. The steep, Rhine-like vineyards of the Danube west of Vienna produce very pure, minerally Grüner Veltliners intended for laying down. Down in the plains, citrus and peach flavours are more apparent, with spicy notes of pepper and sometimes tobacco.

Favored by seemingly every sommelier in America in the late 1990s, Grüner Veltliner (nicknamed Groovy) was subsequently discarded by those very same professionals when they began looking for something new to put on their lists. Instead, they began touting wines with equally unpronounceable names: Torrontés, Moscofilero, even Assyrtiko.

According to Food and Wine, Terry Theise , an importer of many great Austrian wines, speculated that Grüner may have fallen from grace because new sommeliers were trying to make their mark. “Some of the new guys might feel like Grüner Veltliner was the wine of an earlier generation, and they want to find their own wines,” he said. Who knew there was a Grüner Veltliner generation gap?

I am so tired of food snobs that try to dictate what hot’s and what’s not!  DRINK what you like, and forget about what the IN crowd says is in or out. 

I like Gruner Veltliner! It’s a wonderful spring wine.

Michael Snell
Derrick Sorles
Best of the Best Dining in Chicago.com


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