Weingut Prager Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Hinter der Burg (Wachau, Austria)
Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s indigenous white that is perfect for Spring! Prager has been producing high quality Grüners and dry Rieslings since the early 18th century. Current owner and winemaker Toni Bodenstein produces wines that are known for richness, purity, and clarity. Federspiel signifies a dry wine that is low in alcohol.
Prager’s Grüner Veltliner is a complex mix of citrus, grasses, herbs, white flowers, and an arugula-like peppery streak. There is a significant mineral core to balance the fruity and savory flavors. This wine is a perfect pairing for asparagus (one of the few wines that can) and any number of dishes from tuna tartar to grilled chicken.
Evening Land ‘Celebration’ Gamay (Willamette Valley, Oregon)
Gamay, indigenous to Beaujolais in southern Burgundy, takes a star turn here from Oregon. Evening Land is a fantastic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer to keep an eye on. This is a single vineyard wine (Seven Springs) produced in traditional Beaujolais style: whole-cluster carbonic maceration. This preserves the delicate fresh fruit character for which Gamay is known.
Beautiful, brilliant and intense purple in color with a violet edge, the nose has typical red fruit Gamay character of strawberry and cherry with a hint of fresh cracked pepper. The palate is silky and long with a supple texture that carries the elegant cranberry flavors to a lengthy finish. Chill for 30 minutes before opening for a bright, fresh Spring-time red!