Gruner Gruner Gruner Gruner

After participating in the GruV Olympics (which I still need to write about…now where are those notes…) I got on a bit of a Gruner Veltliner kick. The weather turned nice and Matt and I were spending time outside playing Battleship (he lost, both games) and a light crisp wine seemed just the ticket. Luckily, I got lost driving home from UPS the same day (cut me some slack, I swear the mixing bowl changes every time I have to go through it) and I happened to take the route by Unwined home, which I usually never do. Somehow, my car magically steered into the parking lot and I just had to go into the store and pick up some spring-time wines. I think I got 2 or 3 bottles of Gruner Veltliner and a couple bottles of sparkling wine. First we tried the 2008 Anton Bauer Gmork Gruner Veltliner. It had a screw cap closure, cost me $10.99 at Unwined, and clocked in at 12% alcohol by volume.

On the nose I found white pepper, lemon, tropical notes, exotic vanilla, green apple, and crushed gravel. In the mouth I got lime, white pepper, more lime, green apple, and more lime. Overall I thought the wine had good acidity and for around $11 was a great example of Gruner Veltliner. You’ll have to ask Matt how it tasted alongside a helping of defeat at Battleship!

6 Responses

  1. Yayyyy Gruner :)

    I haven’t had this one myself – I will certainly look out for it!

  2. Hello There,

    Loving the Gruner!. This sounds like a good pick and a great price!

    Gruner Veltliner is delicious with Falafel, but I think Battleship is a much better pairing : )

    Cheers!
    Hello Vino

  3. Why is this fabulous wine so badly unrepresented?

  4. that is a fabulous question Chris – it’s getting there though!

  5. yes, Gruner is good spring-time wine! In fact, even before seeing this post I was thinking it might be good with penne, goat cheese & asparagus I was thinking of making.

  6. Great post! It’s too bad that Gruner doesn’t get more press, because it would really take off in California summers. Vinho Verde suffers from the same lack of attention as well.

    So many great varietals most people don’t even know exist if you just look past the US.

    Great site!

    Brian

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