Savour Saturday Wine tasting – Germany and Austria



Regular customers probably know how much I love Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. In fact, I will be pouring 2 of my all-time favorite Rieslings, one from Austria, Lagler Smaragd, and a 2015 (yes, aged) Riesling from one of the top Riesling vineyards in the world, Graacher-Himmelreich (translated – “Kingdom of Heaven”), made on the German estate of Eifel-Pfeiffer. Most people do not know that Riesling is the most age-worthy varietal, which is why I drink mine aged. Ageing up to 30 years creates a stony, complex, honeyed and heady wine. Drink this one cold on a summer day or put it away for Thanksgiving dinner – nothing better!  Along with these two gems, we have my favorite rosé, made from Austrian Zweigelt, a glorious sparkling Grüner Veltliner, a German red, perfect for chilling, a zesty German Pinot Gris, value-priced at $14.99, and a classic still Grüner from Kremstal, Austria. These wines are often overlooked so don’t miss the chance to come down and try something new on “the road not taken.”          



Stift Klosterneuburg Grüner Veltliner Brut NV, Austria

Varietal: GrünerVeltliner Alc.12%

The Klosterneuburg wine estate was founded in 1114, when, legend  has it, during the wedding, his bride’s wedding veil was blown off by a gust of wind; Leopold vowed to build a monastery where the veil was found. That spot became the Klosterneuburg Monastery, a religious and cultural center, and the location around which Stift Klosterneuburg has been making wines for more than 900 years. In the modern era, Stift Klosterneuburg is a pioneer in sustainability and climate protection; in 2009 it became Europe’s first carbon-neutral winery. The Grüner Veltliner Brut pours nearly clear with frothy, medium-sized bubbles. Aromas of green apple, pears, and lemon zest mingle with a subtle white pepper note. On the palate, pear and apple mingle with peaches and give way to a dry, yeasty finish. 

Pairs well with seared tuna and sushi. $19.99

Hermann Moser Grüner Veltliner Gebling, Kremstal, Austria

Varietals: Grüner Veltliner Alc.12.5%

Weingut Hermann Moser is run by Martin and his wife Carmen Moser, the 26th generation of the family producing wine from the family vineyards. The estate is nearly 400 years old and is located in the village of Rohrendorf in the Kremstal wine-growing region of Lower Austria. Martin is a member of the Traditions Weingüter Österreich association (Traditional Austrian Wineries Association). The association was founded in 1992 and is composed of 23 growers who have together created a single level classification of 52 of their best single vineyards in the four Danube regions: namely, Kremstal, Kamptal, Traisental and Wagram. On the nose, this wine is fruity and flowery, with notes of spice and citrus. It is crisp and luscious on the palate. 

Pairs well with vegetarian dishes, pork, chicken, and cured meats. $21.99

Villa Wolf 2020 Pinot Gris, Pfalz, Germany

Varietal: Pinot GrisAlc.12.5%

Founded in 1756, the Villa Wolf winery was a successful and highly regarded wine estate for more than two centuries.  Ernst Loosen, owner of Dr. Loosen, took over the winery in 1996, launching a dramatic revival of the estate’s quality and reputation. The Villa Wolf varietal line-up features exceptionally affordable, classic Pfalz wines made from traditional grape varieties. The Pfalz (aka ‘Palatinate’) region is in the Rhine River valley in southwest Germany. Because it is one

of the warmer and drier areas of cool-climate Germany, wine grapes do quite well here, where it is possible to achieve full ripeness in every vintage. The goal at Villa Wolf is to produce wines that express the pure, authentic terroir of the Pfalz. Made in the classic style of the Pfalz, Villa Wolf Rieslings are drier and more full-bodied than Mosel Rieslings, with fully ripe fruit flavors and a characteristic stoniness in the aroma.   

The Pinot Gris grape variety was first vinified separately in the Pfalz region, and Germany is second only to Italy in acres planted. Villa Wolf Pinot Gris is made in a combination of large, neutral oak casks for depth and complexity; concrete tanks for a rounded texture; and stainless steel to preserve freshness and enhance the vibrant fruit. It is made in a full-bodied, dry style with fresh, unoaked fruit and a crisp texture. 

Pairs well with salmon, chicken, pork or savory vegetarian dishes. $14.99

Weingut Lagler 2020 Ried 1000 Eimerberg Smaragd Riesling, Wachau, Austria

Varietals :Riesling Alc. 13%

The Lagler family has lived on the beautiful estate at Rote Torgasse since 1789. Yet it was only in the late 1970s that the Laglers decided to go from winegrowing to winemaking. Instead of selling his grapes, Karl Lagler began producing first class, fruit-driven wines from old vines planted on terraces of marble, gneiss, and granite combined with natural farming techniques, yielding excellent results. All work is done by hand, including harvest. Today, Karl Lagler Jr is crafting some of the most exciting wines of this area in the family’s tradition of producing wines of purity and definition that are respected worldwide. This Riesling has wonderful ripe apricot and plum notes on the nose with a lime zestiness. On the palate, it is round and fruity, with ripe, mild acidity.

Pairs well with pork, shellfish, spicy food, and cured meats. $37.99

Eifel-Pfeiffer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Feinherb 2016, Mosel, Germany

Varietal: RieslingAlc.10.5%

Eifel-Pfeiffer has been dedicated to the cultivation of wine, especially Riesling, since 1642. The winery’s vines grow in an ideal microclimate in the steep slate slopes that slope down to the Moselle. The fine slate, mineral weathering soils offer wonderful conditions for the Riesling. Heinz Eifel’s decades of experience and the inspiration of oenologist Anne Eifel-Spohr combine to form a future-oriented family winemaking team. Rieslings with an individual character are the result of this philosophy. This almost clear colored Riesling from the Mosel opens with a gentle pineapple bouquet. On the palate, it is medium bodied, nicely balanced, round, and juicy. Flavors of Asian pear and lemon blend with hints of minerality and a dash of white pepper. The finish is off-dry and nicely refreshing. 

Pairs well with Asian foodchicken, and cured meats. $14.99

Schloss Gobelsburg Cistercien Rosé, Austria

Varietals: Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Pinot Noir Alc. 12%

SCHLOSS GOBELSBURG, a Cistercian monastic estate, is one of the oldest wineries in the Austrian Danube area with a documented history that dates back to 1171. All the vineyards are located on slopes and terraces around the valley of the river Kamp near the town of Langenlois and the village of Gobelsburg. The valley of the Danube and its side-valleys belong to the cool climate areas of Austria. Some vineyards are even too cold for red wine making. Zweigelt, St. Laurent, and Pinot Noir grapes grown in the cooler sites of Gobelsburg and Langenlois are used for the Cistercien Rosé. The Rosé CISTERCIEN shows a lovely fresh pink and offers a clear and fresh, subtle fruit and lovely zesty bouquet of red and white fruits. Medium-bodied, with lovely acidity and zippy on the palate. The Cistercien Rosé drinks like a white wine and is a lovely pairing for everything that asks for freshness and more acidity. Pairs well with shrimp, crab, lobster, salmon, and crab cakes. $18.99

Roterfaden & Rosswag Co-op “Terraces” Red 2019, Germany

Varietals: Lemberger, Trollinger, Regent, Schwarzriesling Alc.12.5% 

The Roterfaden & Rosswagred blend comes from grapes grown in terraced vineyards well over 1,000 years old covering nearly 15 acres. This site in southern Germany is also an official nature preserve. The Roterfaden winery joined with the co-op of the town of Rosswag to work these terraced vineyards to make this unique red blend.   Pairs well with salmon, roast chicken, and pork and vegetarian dishes featuring mushrooms. $29.99

 While you’re in the store, take a look at some of the new beers we have for summer: a citrusy saison from Cambridge Brewing Company called Working Class Hero; an NEIPA from Riverwalk Brewing called Hit of Haze, and one of the best Belgian-style white beers this side of Belgium, Allagash White — made with coriander and curaçao orange peel, it’s lovely on a hot summer day.

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Unique to SAVOUR our three price-value collections, with

each category ($9.99ers – $14.99ers -$19.99ers) offering hundreds of wines

at one price, personally curated by Kathleen, some have limited availability

9.99ers…the quality is taste delivering above-price enjoyment …Value!

14.99ers…exhibiting qualities of complexity…Elevating the Experience!

19.99ers…value laden wines by innovative vintners…Expect Exceptional!

Adding to this Saturday’s wine tasting with Kathleen Morgan is Savour’s Everyday Tech Tastings at the North Shore’s Only Digital Wine Machine. Fun to use and enjoy! Taste up to 20 wines with new selections regularly added…& yes, complimentary. Kathleen welcomes your questions for food pairings.

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For Your Mobile Calendar – July

Savour Wine Tastings!

August 13 – Kathleen Morgan

August 27 – Anthony Sciarappa of Carolina Wines

September 3 – Sommelier Lauren Dadonna of AP Wine Imports

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