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2005 Erich Salomon/Undhof Grüner Veltliner Reserve, Lindberg

Last Friday afternoon, I visited Clinton Kabler over at D3 Security to talk a little bit about business and a lot about wine for his 10th episode of D3TV. Have a look.

The wine rocked. It was definitely one I’ll pick up again some time in the next little while.

$36.90 at Marquis Wine Cellars here in Vancouver.

4 1/2 stars


2005 Heidler Grüner Veltliner

03052009Now, the terms Grüner and tasty are for some people and oxymoron, but I find myself seeking them out from time to time. Jay McInerney refers to them in his books and when I read them a while back, I began to search them out. (These books, Bacchus & Me and A Hedonist in the Cellar are really enjoyable reads by the way).

This one has got to one of my faves. It has loads of mineral on the nose with some grassy bit and the root-y vegetal aromas that continue with the first couple of sips. On the palate it has really interesting citrus and mineral with almost green leaf into a flinty finish. I paired this with some roasted garlic and goat cheese and the caramelized sweetness of the garlic provided a really nice pairing.

If you’ve never tried a Grüner before, this one is a really good choice if you feel like venturing out and taking a chance. (I guess after the last couple – I’m on the unusual grape hunt right now).

$19.99 at LDB stores here in BC.

4 stars


2005 Leth Grüner Veltliner Qualitätswein Trocken Donauland Steinagrund Lagenreserve

Wow. Look at that name up in the title. Say that 10 times fast for me and I’ll buy you a bottle of it. You have to hand it to the Germans and the Austrians. They make things as simple as a grape sound so difficult that people tend to be bullied into avoiding them. It’s a shame though. The wines kinda’ rock.

You know how I would describe this wine? I would use a fashion or design-like term – clean. It’s crisp, balanced and very European. It’s actually a style of white I really enjoy. The nose lets on a sly bit of honeyed lemon and stone. A sip opens up a citrus-y bit of grapefruit in a tux draped on a rock along with a dribble of honey. If you let it warm up a bit, it takes on a sexy peach and apricot edge. The finish is crisp and clean with no caffeine – sorry, that was an 80’s flashback to a 7-Up commercial. Remember that one? The guy with the Jamaican accent?..

OK, back to the wine. It’s a warm weather wine or a wine for some food. I really like it. If you like a crisp Riesling, you’ll like this and it pairs with so many foods (goat cheese, spicy food, a summer salad, etc.) that you almost can’t miss.

Dive into Grüner folks.

$28 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 stars

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