Spring Treats from Skurnik
WNW presents: Spring Treats from Skurnik
As much fun as it can be to taste wines from one single producer, it can also be incredibly engaging to sample wines from a diverse portfolio of wines offered by a single importer or distributor; and that’s what we can look forward to this Wednesday! Skurnik Wines is an importer and distributor with a delicious selection of wines that fit very well into PWC’s vision; family owned wines of high quality and integrity. The wines of Skurnik are not from one country alone, but from a variety of regions. Our tasting Wednesday will include selections from Austria, Germany, France and Italy. The wines our friend, Joy, will pour for you will range in style, but one thing will be consistent; these wines are perfect for spring.
Well start out the tasting with some easy and quaffable, the Vigneti del Sole Pinot Grigio from the Veneto in northern Italy. This is a family owned operation that goes back to the beginning of the 20th century. Even this inexpensive Pinot Grigio expresses fruit, liveliness and place. A wine that tastes more expensive than it costs? We’re always interested…
Next, we’ll move onto a personal favorite of Kristen’s and a grape that if you haven’t had, you must! Drop everything and come try the Schloss Gobelsburg Gruner Veltliner. We promise you like it, may, love it. If you don’t, there may be no help for you. The mineral rich land that Schloss Gobelsburg sits on today has been planted with grapes since 1074! That’s old. 19 different families have farmed it throughout the years, and, today, it is owned by the Michael Moosbrugger who has been awarded Austria’s Winemaker of the Year and who thrives on innovation and progressive winemaking. We love this winery and Michael’s Gruner so, so much…we’re no doctors, but we DON’T recommend mixing this wine.
Time for some spring reds! Let’s start with the Michel Tete Beaujolais Villages, shall we? Domaine du Clos du Fief is a 4th generation Estate run by Michel Tete and his son in Julienas and Julie. Vines have been grown in this cru since the Gallo-Roman period. Today, this vineyard produces classic wines of low yields and high quality. Even this entry level Gamay will have you licking your lips.
And back to Austria! But for s red this time. Zweigelt! Heard of it? It’s common to see in Austria and Austria, alone. This grape, like Gruner Veltliner, might be one you haven’t tried but should. Zweigelt, oftentimes, comes in a liter bottle and is inexpensive. Oh, and it can be extremely delicious. Think a more peppery, floral Pinot Noir. Zweigelt is great for picnics and BBQs and with burgers or herb rubbed chicken legs. Come Wednesday to find your new favorite spring red.
2016 Berger Zweigelt:Medium bodied and juicy with soft tannins and refreshing acidity. Notes of cherry, raspberry, cranberry and violets.
2017 Michel Tete Beaujolais Villages: Soft and fresh with fleshy raspberry and subtle spice.
2016 Schloss Gobelsburg Gruner Veltliner: What an elegant wine! On the nose lime zest, pear and brioche followed by fresh lemon, herbs, miso and saline on the palate.
2017 Vigneti del Sole Pinot Grigio: Classic and pretty with notes of crisp apple, lemon, almond and kumquat.