Get groovy with Grüner Veltliner

Towards the end of the fall 2018 harvest I was looking for a little respite in my calendar, and I came across an appointment scheduled for a Friday night in late November simply titled “Grüner Tasting.” It piqued my interest and I got a little excited about it but didn’t have a clue how it got on my calendar. At the time I didn’t know much about the grape, so evidently when it went on my calendar it was for good reason. Time to learn something new, if not just to find out where the grape got its name. The full name is Grüner Veltliner . . . how cool is that? The name could double for a really sleek and classy locomotive on some exotic Eastern European railway. Eastern Europe was correct, but the locomotive part is pure fantasy. So Grüner Veltliner it is, henceforth known simply as Grüner or GV, and in more recent times, “gru-vee.” It is really groovy that some writers report that they hold up to the best Burgundian white wines and one blind tasting