Even though Pennsylvania is not known for its wines, occasionally something surprises. Similar to Old Westminster in Maryland, Galen Glen Winery makes serious wine in an area more known for sweet wines and wedding venues. And like Old Westminster, Galen Glen is a family business. I spent a lovely fall afternoon there last year.
Located in the Lehigh Valley, not far from Jim Thorpe, Galen Glen specializes in German and Austrian varietals, Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, even Zweigelt (great with pizza, btw), resulting in lovely cool climate wines. We brought home several, including their award-winning Rieslings. My last remaining bottle was the 2016 Gruner Veltliner, which I enjoyed with dinner last week.
This Gruner was light in color and not too aromatic. There was some tropical fruit and mineral notes on the nose. It had medium and a crisp taste, with tropical fruit, citrus, and maybe a hint of Gruner’s signature white pepper. It ended with a long, mellow finish. We enjoyed this with some peirogies (to carry on the Eastern European theme), but like other Gruners, it would also compliment slight spicy food, like a Thai curry.
I’m hoping to return this summer to enjoy the beautiful views and pick up some more bottles.