Grooner Gruner Veltliner

2010 Grooner Gruner Veltliner, $13.30. LCBO#168625.

This bottle was my second test of “All in a Day’s” 6 summer wines. I brought it along to a girl’s night of wine, cheese and chatter (thinly disguised as watching So You Think You Can Dance). This white was a good match for the Camembert and pate we gobbled down, and also was sippable on its own.

I was intrigued by the Austrian heritage, as I rarely drink European bottles from beyond the Mediterranean region. Gruner Veltliner is described as a dry white, and a match for Sauvignon Blanc, but I would disagree. I would put it somewhere more in the neighbourhood of Pinot Grigio, bordering on off-dry, while not actually being sweet. It just didn’t have the acidity I enjoy in a white during the summer; however, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a nice wine. Plus, the label is extremely fun and cheeky.

There are flavours of apple and pear, but I didn’t pick up on the promised citrus. This would be a good bottle for folks who like something refreshing but not overly crisp or tart. I however, will be saving $2 and sticking with my favourite cheap and cheerful summer white. The Grooner was perfectly passable, but just not a fit for my personal tastes.

Here’s hoping that I find something from the picks that becomes a regular on my wine list.

2 down, 4 to go.

Overall, I give this wine 8/10 for taste and 3.5/5 for value.

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