It's easy for people to take a chance on an unknown wine from an unknown corner of, say, Italy or France. Not so with Germany and Austria. Why? Certainly nothing to do with quality. There's an odd language bias in this country, a hard-edged skepticism toward all things consonant with our mother tongue. Call it rebellion; maybe it all hits too close to home. Meanwhile, the most affordable top-tier wines in the world slip by, practically unnoticed. Well, not if I can help it.Read More
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Grüner Veltliner has long been the most widely planted grape variety in Austria. But even in its home country, poor little Grüner got no love for years, even decades, before a recent surge in critical respect and subsequent popularity brought the grape into the spotlight of the international wine scene. Today, Grüner Veltliner is considered among those white wines with the highest potential. And while it often gets lumped in with Riesling, the differences between these two varieties are as palpable as those of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.Read More