Friday 5/26: Bernhard Ott
Dry white wines from a man who lives and breathes grüner veltliner
5/26 6-8 PM
Five wines for $15 no reservations required 10% off any wine tasted

Gruner veltliner, Wagram, organic, biodynamic, natural wine, Los Angeles
Tonight, please join us and importer Kelly Stockton of Valley View Wines to taste the stunningly farmed wines of Bernhard Ott. Bernhard is a big man with a Falstaffian aspect, or even better, a real-life Samwell Tarly from Game of Thrones. You might be tempted to decode Bernhard’s presentation of self as akin to that of a high school linebacker, years past his glory days of the gymnasium ass slap and now gainfully and thankfully employed in the family business, and yet you would be wrong to judge this book by its cover: the man is a bear, but the wines are precise, sometimes delicate, and always laced with minerality. I think of his wines as akin to Ralph Kramden, dancing gracefully. Half of the magic is farming, and when Bernhard took over his fourth generation family domain in Austria’s Wagram (just to the northwest of Vienna), he immediately began converting to the neo-pagan organic farming practices advocated by his fellow countryman, Rudolf Steiner (many of his plots are Respekt certified). The other half of the magic is his winemaking practices: mostly in neutral stainless steel vat (however, we will taste the one wine Bernhard makes in terracotta amphora), with extended aging on the fine lees for extra texture. Everything is fermented using wild yeasts, and with zero additions during vinification. Bernhard is lives and breathes grüner veltliner and I think he’s making some of the very best wines made from this grape. We’re tasting five wines tonight, four grüners, but also a dry riesling. We’ll start with his entry level wine made from a selection of young vines, and concluding with an experimental wine, fermented and aged in the traditional qvevri amphora of the Republic of Georgia.

Ott “Feuersbrunn” Riesling 2015 ($28)

Ott “Am Berg” Grüner Veltliner 2015 ($20)

Ott “Fass 4 “Grüner Veltliner 2013 ($28)

Ott Grüner Veltliner “Der Ott” 2012 ($38)

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