Tuesday, March 16, 2010

And the Winner Is.... The Grü V Olympics!



The winner of the Grü V Olympics has been announced!

The Contestants:

Pffafl Austrian Pepper 2008
: Self described as an aromatic wine, lively and fruit-forward on the palate with a hint of black pepper and a spicy finish

Lois Grüner Veltliner 2008: Considers herself to have lovely aromas of fresh apples, and surprises the drinker on the palate with great spice components as well as exotic fruit and a refreshing
acidity.

Wieninger Vienna Hills 2008
: Believes herself to be fresh and lively fruit driven nose with plenty of apricot and green apple aromas; the palate displays an appealing acidity with refreshing citrus fruit flavors - quite easy drinking!

Stadt Krems Kremstal 2007: Says she is fresh and fruity with an aroma of white currant, citrus fruits and a typical Veltiner profile. Her aromas are stay true on the palate time and again.

The Judges:

Joe Herrig, CSW of Suburban Wino: "A wine nerd who resides in Woodstock, GA, a lovely little corner of the world just outside Atlanta."

Ed Thralls, CSW of Wine Tonite: "
Livin’ la vino loco in Atlanta, GA sharing [his] wine experiences from a personal perspective."

Jason Petuck of Corked Wineblog: A wordly wine traveler residing in Southern, CT who has enjoyed many trips to Italy, Austria and Switzerland. "A trip is never complete without trying new wines."

Sonadora of Wannabe Wino: Living in DC, she chronicles her wine tasting adventures a she drinks her way through our ever growing collection of wine.

Kori Vorhees, CSW of Wine Peeps: Where she collaborates to share with her readers the most important things she have learned about selecting, tasting, and enjoying wine.

Robert Dwyer of the Wellesley Wine Press: Awine enthusiast living in the western suburbs of Boston who writes his blog to help people enjoy wine more while spending less money.

Jill & Andy Freeman of Wined & Dined: A Manhattan based couple who are passionate about all things food and wine (scored separately.)

Josh Wade of Drink Nectar: Who believes, "Life is meant to be shared together. There is no better way than to share a cup of perfectly brewed coffee and carefully crafted wine."

Joe Roberts, CSW of 1 Wine Dude: A wine consultant in the greater Philadelphia area who writes his blog to help others get to know wine better inside and out.

Randy Watson of The Wine Whore: Who resides in Tampa, FL who has a thirsty palate for great wine and chronicles his adventures for his readers daily (scores not included.)

The Results:

It was a tough call - reviewing the judge's scores, there was some definite variation in opinion which is to be expected. Gruner Veltliner is an incredibly versatile grape that can show it's "true colors" in several different expressions. While some believed a given wine deserved an 8, others believed the same wine deserved a 17.5. This is one of the beauty's of wine!

Some judges, such as Wade, Herrig and Thralls paired the wines with food, others did not. Just another example of how personal rating styles can differ.

Anyway here's how it all panned out:

HONORABLE MENTION: Lois Grüner Veltliner

BRONZE: Pffafl Austrian Pepper

SILVER: Stadt Krems

And the winner is...
GOLD: Wieninger Vienna Hills


We'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate that Wieninger Vienna Hills Grü V and thank our esteemed panel of judges for their help in deliberating this difficult matter!

SO what are YOU waiting for? go out and grab yourself a glass of Grü V and let us know your favorites!

5 comments:

drinknectar said...

This was a fun tasting to be a part of. I'm glad you got so many participants from all ranges of the review spectrum.

What, the Stadt Krems with the silver. I demand a recount. Throw out the French judge. I think there was a conspiracy.

Great work, Constance!

drinknectar said...

This was a fun tasting to be a part of. I'm glad you got so many participants from all ranges of the review spectrum.

What, the Stadt Krems with the silver. I demand a recount. Throw out the French judge. I think there was a conspiracy.

Great work, Constance!

Joe said...

Great time. Sorry the Atlanta crowd took so long to get around to it!

We actually brought 3 more GV's from a local distributor into the mix to give a great representation of the grape. There are definite herbal, minerally, and peppery characteristics to it.

I think the scoring is dead on...of course, that's how I scored :)

CChamberlain said...

Joe - no apologies, I'm happy to hear you added more GruV to the mix - I'd love to hear what kinds!

Josh - Thanks for the praise :) but really it's you guys who deserve a hand! Thanks for participating! I recounted five times and the definite winne was Vienna Hills - Not by much though!

Ed Thralls said...

Thanks, Constance, it was a lot of fun! The other GruV we had was from Wolfgang. One was simply named Wolfgang of early-picked grapes yielding higher acidity, another was the Vienna, which had some barrel treatment and the last was Concerto, also traditional but riper fruit with lower acidity than the first label.

It was an eye opener and a great excuse to have friends over.