This is a blog post from our own Rob Accordino's personal blog. After we had a bottle of Gruner this weekend we dug up this post to share with everyone. Hope you enjoy!
I fell in love with Gruner while I was working at Shari Sushi lounge in Orlando, Fl. At the time I was the bar manager and I would sit in on wine tastings with the managing partner Chris. I usually drank red wine at the time, and had very little experience with white wines, however after my first sip of Gruner I knew I found a white wine that I could dig.
I don't recall the exact brand that we tasted that day. What I do remember was that floral nose, full bodied, crisp, mineral driven wine with refreshing acidity. We both agreed that this wine would be perfect for our spring list. It is versatile and would pair great with a number of our specialty sushi dishes.
The other night I was in the mood for a spinach casserole(spinach is my favorite veggie). I make my spinach casserole with an Italian twist. Sauteed with garlic and shallots finished with a touch of pecorino-romano cheese, then I blend in some ricotta cheese. I then take the creamy mixture and put it in a pie pan and sprinkle Italian bread crumbs across the top and bake for 20 minutes.
I decided to pair this delicious dish with, big shock here, a Gruner Veltliner by Berger. This wine comes in a cool 1 liter bottle with a beer style cap on it. It is a great deal at only $14.99. I popped the bottle as I started cutting up my garlic and shallots, and poured myself a small glass to start. I took a big sniff, not to hard for me because I have a large nose, and got that beautiful floral nose with a touch of minerality. The first sip revealed a touch of citrus and those great floral flavors you get on the nose. It lingers in your mouth and then finishes with crisp minerality and acid. Delicious!! By the time my casserole was done I was on to my second glass, and it continued to please paired with the creamy, earthy spinach casserole.
This is a fantastic estate bottled wine that I would recommend to all. I find it to be a great value and a joy to drink. I hope I have some left for when I get home tonight.