Tasting Note: Grüner Veltliner
Until recently, that is. The white wine that has been Austria's secret for generations is breaking out into the rest of the world, where wine lovers are learning to appreciate its ripe fruit, racy acidity and characteristic minerality that prompts some Austrian wine fanciers to joke, "Why drink fruit when we can taste rocks?" Its affinity for Asian fare is demonstrated by the surprising presence of a half-dozen selections on the wine list at Slanted Door, a deservedly popular modern Vietnamese-"fusion" restaurant in San Francisco's Mission district, where I enjoyed a great, lingering lunch with a group of wine buddies recently.
Here's a particularly good, reasonably affordable Grüner Veltliner that I tasted recently at home. The name "Terry Theise" on the import label of wines sold in the U.S. is about as good a guarantee as you can get that a German or Austrian wine will be a winner.
Nigl 1999 Kremser Freiheit Qualitatswein Trocken Grüner Veltliner ($11.99)
FOOD MATCH: Perfect with an upscale take on "chicken pot pies," a down-home mix of chicken, peas and carrots in a thick eggy sauce, folded into squares of Greek puff pastry and served on a green-pea-and-garlic puree.
WEB LINK: Although it does not appear to have a page devoted to this wine or winery, the U.S. importer has a Website at http://www.skurnikwines.com/.
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Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001