Shake, shake, shake that Gruner!
We all come across unusual scenarios when it comes to wine. For example, you might know someone who prefers ice in their fifty-dollar bottle of Chardonnay or–worse yet–in their red wine. Or you may have that friend that absolutely loves Shiraz with oysters. But some people prefer their Gruner Veltliner shaken, as was the case a few weeks ago for a fellow Sommelier.
The Sommelier had a request for a bottle of 2007 Gruner Veltliner and brought it over to the table. He presented the bottle to the guest and then poured a taste. The guest then told him that it need some “air” because he thought it was still a bit tight. The Sommelier suggested decanting into one of their beautiful white wine decanters, which he declined. Then he suggested pouring a few ounces in each guest’s glass because he knew it would also open up quickly that way.
But that was not a reasonable solution for this guest and he told the Sommelier to put the screw cap back on and pass him the bottle. As soon as he handed it to him, he immediately stood up and shook that bottle like there was no tomorrow. The other guests were simply looking on like this was a normal scene in their world. When he was done, he said, “It’s ready now,” and handed the Sommelier the bottle to pour out to all the guests.
Then the Sommelier went into the kitchen and burst out laughing…
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