Saturday, March 21, 2009

New Spring whites...

Here are a couple of "outside the box' wines.
* Both are liter size bottles (1/3 of a bottle more than 750ml)
* You get 8 (4 oz pours) compared to 6 in a regular wine bottle
* Both are screw cap - no corkscrew needed
* They are ideal for picnics, poolside and out on the patio

If you like Pinot Grigio or Viognier...try this Gruner....
2008 Hugl Weine Gruner Veltliner...$13.99 / liter
We first tasted this wine a few months ago, but we wanted to wait until the Spring to bring it in. Gruner Veltliner has become a big deal with wine geeks. It is a very versatile food wine and quite delicious. The general wine drinking crowd is starting to slowly catch on to the appeal of this wine. This Hugl is a great bargain as it is in a LITER size bottle and a handy screw cap!!

"GrĂ¼ner Veltliner represents about 70 % of the winery's vineyards. This is an intense and concentrated wine offering pleasant citrus and grapefruit aromas, exotic tropical fruits with a hint of freshly ground white pepper. Full-bodied dry wine with a firm mineral backbone, giving it the strength of character to work well with many cuisines." importer

Food pairings....
Chicken and pork (sweet and sour)
Asian dishes: any fish sauce or peanut sauce.
Great with seafood, wonderful with oysters.
Actually matches well with asparagus.
Try it with some medium spicy foods.

2007 Wolberger Edelzwicker...$13.99 / liter
"Grapes: 60 % Pinot Blanc + Sylvaner + Chasselas, 15% Gewurztraminer, 10% Riesling, 10 % Pinot Gris and 5 % Muscat. Each grape variety is harvested individually in early or mid-October on the most suitable date for each vineyard. Edelzwicker has a nose of grilled almonds and walnuts, with a light floral hint following. The first sip shows its true character: fresh and lemony with vegetal, herbaceous flavor. It is round and easy drinking, not overpowering and finishes clean. It is a good companion for food without ever dominating it. In Alsace it is served by the glass or in large jugs to partner regional specialties. In general Edelzwicker goes well with fresh salads, cold or warm starters, but also with oysters, mussels and seafood." -- importer

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