The New York Tasting 2013: Grüner Veltliner – an Internationally Acclaimed Noble Grape
David Schildknecht demonstrated his deep expertise on the wines both in terms of production styles and terroir. And the doyen of the New York wine journalists, Howard Goldberg (The New York Times), gave his elegant summation: "Terry Theise's eloquence and David Schildknecht's technical savvy put the 'Four Decades of Great Grüner Veltliner' seminar on Mount Olympus." Both Terry Theise and Jancis Robinson MW, who had become familiar with Austrian wines long ago through Riesling, were again greatly impressed by the complexity and power of Grüner Veltliner shown in the vertical tasting. Jancis Robinson MW even referred to the legendary "London Tasting of 2002" and emphasised that Grüner Veltliner is already considered a "noble grape" in Great Britain. Grüner Veltliner is not a fad or trend, but is a fixed star in the firmament of the internationally recognised grape varieties.
Said Willi Klinger: "For me, it was elementary to make a statement for the wines of the Reserve category of Grüner Veltliner, and to counteract a trend that is trying to push our showcase grape variety to a lower price category.”
A First Class AudienceThe guest list, headed by the most widely read wine writer in the world, Hugh Johnson, reads like a Who's Who of the international wine press. Those who accepted the invitation to the tasting included: Eric Asimov (The New York Times), Tyler Colman (Dr. Vino), Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW (International Wine Center), Alice Feiring (The Feiring Line), Howard Goldberg (The New York Times), Josh Greene (Wine & Spirits Magazine), Megan Krigbaum (Food & Wine Magazine), Elin McCoy (Bloomberg News), Dave McIntyre (Washington Post), Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar), Lettie Teague (The Wall Street Journal), as well as Christy Canterbury MW, Michael Madrigale (Bar Boulud), Véronique Rivest (Sommelier Vice Champion), Dustin Wilson (Eleven Madison Park) and numerous other experts in the wine sector.
Exquisite Service and Impressive Food & Wine PairingThe team at Le Bernardin demonstrated impressively how service is implemented at the 3-Michelin-star level. The Grüner Veltliner tasting concluded with Chef Eric Ripert serving three of his special creations and Head Sommelier Aldo Sohm matching each of these with the perfect wine – all from the repertoire of what is recognised as the best fish restaurant in the United States.
“Eric Ripert conjured up dishes like no one else, and paired them perfectly with Grüner Veltliner from the 2010, 2009 and 2007 vintages,” said an enthused Willi Klinger. “This is truly a great compliment for Austrian wine.”Austrian Wine Marketing Board
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