I love good quality white wine. This week I came across one of my favorite grapes in a discounted wine at Fort and Foul Bay Liquor Store in Victoria. The wine is called Singing Gruner Veltliner, (price reduced to 17.00).
This wine is medium to full bodied with a very nice long zippy finish. Gruner Veltliner is the most famous grape of Austria. This one is made by Laurenz Moser and his daughter Sophie, hence the label. They call it Singing because of that nice finish that seems to sing in your mouth. I love this photo of the two of them in their vineyard.
What really struck me about this wine is its kind of laid back informality in the label and the name. The first time I was truly introduced to the beautiful Gruner Veltliner grape it was in quite a different format. One that to me signified the difference between the old world style of doing business and how business is usually conducted on the west coast of Canada.
A gentleman, (there is really no other word for him), came into Zambri’s to sell me wine. This is not an unusual occurrence as I am the Sommelier there. What was unusual was his appearance. He was short of stature yet very formally dressed in a suit including shirt, vest and coat. He was Austrian with a pronounced accent. Although he did not wear a Tyrolean hat, one would not have looked out of place on him,
He introduced himself very formally and politely asked if he could pour me a taste of his wine. The day was very hot and during the course of the tasting he began to perspire slightly. He then asked my permission for him to remove his jacket. Asked my permission!
Even though I usually only carry Italian wines I did bring his beautiful wines on my list for a time. The wines were outstanding but what really struck me were his manners. Old world style that shines through in wine that is naturally beautiful without showiness. Wine that doesn’t leap out of the glass at you but rather allows you to savor it slowly. Wine that improves and changes over time as you get to know it. Much like how relationships should progress. In business and elsewhere.