As the weather begins to warm these bright whites from the Northern Latitudes deliver the refreshment you’re looking for.
- Schödl Grüner Veltliner Classic 2018: Refreshing and easy-drinking Grüner Veltliner with notes of grapefruit, apple and spice. The lower alcohol and refreshing acidity make this wine a go-to drinking companion. Organic
- Schödl Grüner Veltliner Löss+Lehm 2018: Showcasing the soil types in and around the Schodl’s vineyards, Löss+Lehm is a wine with great varietal snap and brightness, striking a perfect balance between ripeness and acidity. Organic
- Sommerhausen Steinbach Scheurebe VDP.Erst Lage 2018: Pronounced SHOY reb beh. Imagine bone-dry Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc getting together. An incredibly unique and delicious wine that is a slam dunk on its own and shines with food, especially dishes with a bit of spice. Organic
- Sommerhausen Steinbach Silvaner VDP.Erst Lage 2018: Silvaner is a grape everyone should get to know. Complex yet light on its feet and with intense minerality. This wine is the hallmark of the Sommerhausen estate, and the funky Bocksbeutel bottle is the hallmark of the Franconia (Franken) where it has been a symbol of regional quality since the 1700s. Organic
- Sepp Moser Grüner Veltliner von den Terrassen 2018: Hailing from the Kremstal, one of Austria’s most renowned wine regions, the biodynamic beauty has some serious chops. Grown on the Kremstal’s famous terraced vineyards above the Danube, it possesses lovely weight and complexity that balances effortlessly with Grüner Veltliner’s trademark acidity and freshness. Biodynamic
- Dornach ‘7’ Pinot Bianco 2017: This is the wine I tasted while traveling through the Dolomites that ignited the idea for Barrel Down Selections. If there were regenerative organic wines out there that were this good and not being widely imported to the US, I wanted in! The ‘7’ is single vineyard sourced and spends one year longer than the ‘1’ aging in large oak casks. Complex and ageable, the perfect complement to a hunk of Humboldt Fog cheese! Biodynamic
EXTRA Credit: The German Wine Classification System is new (and confusing) to most people. The top wineries in Germany receive status as VDP Estates. Only 200 of the almost 20,000 German wineries have achieved this. Schloss Sommerhausen is one of them. Vineyards are then classified based on their quality and distinctiveness. Sommerhausen’s Steinbach vineyard where this Silvaner and Scheurebe are grown is a VDP.Erste Lage vineyard meaning it is “First Class”. The equivalent in France would be a wine labeled Premier Cru.