Gruner Veltliner is to Austria what Sauvignon Blanc is to New Zealand. A refreshing white wine – the country’s playing card. The good news is the LCBO has added a few more Gruners to the Austrian section, so explore and maybe expand your white repertoire! Buy a bottle of each, open all, and get Grooving. Need I remind you that ‘open’ does not mean ‘must finish’ as refrigerated wines keep well for several days. . . .
REALLY GOOD BASIC
Please believe the fun label. This is totally fun refreshment. Green apple tingle and crunch. A must summer fridge wine.
WEINGUT M. FORSTREITER 12 ‘Grooner’, Austria 168625 $14.75
A FLORAL CHARMER
What a lovely summer white. Delicate, pretty, charming and refreshing too. A delight. Tempted to toss the ‘waltz’ word into the feeling of drinking this wine. WINZER KREMS ‘13’ Gruner Veltliner, Austria 375022 $12.80
THE CLASSY, AUSTERE TYPE
If you are a fan of classically-styled whites that almost hurt – such as Dry Riesling, Sancerre, or Chablis – here’s a treat. Monastic purity and steely focus will get the taste buds perked up for or any seafood. Hard to imagine a better aperitif for a fancy dinner party. An exciting addition to the regular LCBO regular shelves. P.S. Federspiel means ‘medium-bodied’ in the Wachau region.
DOMAINE WACHAU 13 Gruner Veltliner, Durnstein, Federspeil, Austria 375089 $15.95