May 7, 2011

An Ode to Groovy Wine

There is more to Austria than singing nuns and tasty pastries. And I don’t mean certain state’s former Governator.

Grüner Veltliner (get it, Groo-Vee?) is the best thing yet to come out of Hapsburg territories. And despite the unfortunate nickname it is anything but hippy-dippy. It is graceful, fragrant, the color of pale straw, more of a socialite with street cred than flower child.

Best part? Grüner is a fool-proof risk-free gift for any party. You’ll be hard pressed to find a truly terrible bottle, at least I have not ran across one yet. It’s exotic (even has two dots over the U!) but easy to drink even for committed pink zinfandel drinkers (eww). Grüner plays nicely with most foods. And it’s red-white-and-eagle cap makes it easy to spot.


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