Saturday, January 24, 2009
When I first tasted a Gruner Veltliner, it was love at first sip. This bright, refreshing white wine from Austria is a wonderful match for the foods I love. Asian influenced dishes, seafood and salads.
Then there was a flood of them in groovy restaurants everywhere and I grew disenchanted with the many overly tart by the glass offerings being touted by sommeliers across the country. Whenever I did find one that I liked it seemed to always cost upwards of $30.
If you haven't found a Gruner Veltliner to love lately (or have never tasted one at all), Bernhard Ott Am Berg 2007 is a winner. Made from certified organic grapes to boot.
A touch of white pepper and minerals on the nose. And then some crisp citrus flavors with surprising round melon fruit right in the middle.
Snooth has it for $16.99 but you can also find it at K&L Wines.
Tonight I will serve this Gruner with a whole roasted branzino in a salt crust, served with a warm fennel and potato salad.
Posted by Amy Atwood at 5:30 PM