Tag Archives: Grüner Veltliner

Winery Profile: Bründlmayer

Who: Bründlmayer   What: King of the Kamptal, Keeping Things Interesting   Where: Kamptal, Austria   Why: Because Willi Bründlmayer is just about impossible not to love. He’s the type of winemaker whose character can’t help but somehow translate directly … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Wachau

Where: Eastern Austria, within the larger region (or weinbaugebiete) of Niederösterreich and running along the banks of the stunning Danube River. The Wachau sub-region (“vahc-OW”) is barely 12 miles long yet has over 900 individual named vineyard sites!   What: … Continue reading

Back to Basics: Food and Wine Pairings – Vegetables

Ahh, Springtime! It might be my favorite time of year. Except for maybe summer. Or possibly fall… But really, I love when the market fills up again with fresh green vegetables, all punchy and bright, reinvigorating and refreshing. Actually, those … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Hirtzberger

Who: Weingut Hirtzberger   What: Pillar of Perfection in the Wachau   Where: Spitz (Wachau, Austria)   Why: Because Franz Hirtzberger’s a perfectionist with a very simple philosophy: Make outstanding wine, and do it without any tricks. Because he was … Continue reading

Date Night Sommelier

You might not be surprised by the fact that I’m asked to choose the wine on pretty much every date I go on. Far from an “occupational hazard,” I actually get a thrill out of finding the most appropriate wine … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Nikolaihof

Who: Nikolaihof   What: Riesling and Grüner Prodigies, Biodynamic Virtuoso   Where: Wachau, Austria   Why: Because wine’s been made in this spot since 470AD. Because as babies, Nikolaihof wines are like solemn little prodigies, packed with raw power and … Continue reading

Hot Days, Cool Wine

It’s only 6am, and I’m awoken by the sound of the phone ringing. The cheerful wake-up call says that the weather today in sunny Atlanta is going to be a cool 99 degrees. Ouch. I have to wear a black … Continue reading

Grape Files: Grüner Veltliner

Color: White   Grown in: Austria   Profile: Crisp, white-and-green peppery, with citrus pith, orchard fruit, lentils, caraway and bright acidity. It can be full and rich or light and lean, depending on where it’s grown and the ripeness it … Continue reading