By far, the most popular white wine section in the store is the “Crisp & Refreshing” section. As a general rule people love white wines that have a pronounced and pleasing acidity. They tend to be great wines to drink with or without food which also helps with their appeal.
In this category of wines the two front-runners are Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. No question. Inviting tropical and citrus notes are abound with these varietals and these big hitters can be foundion any shelf of any wine store, including ours.
Those who know me know that I love the underdog. (Could this have to do with my 5 foot 7 inch stature? In a word… yes.) There is something very appealing to me in showing someone a wine that they would have never considered purchasing on their own. And with that I give you the RABL Gruner Veltliner Speigel from Austria.
Gruner Veltliner can be a bit of a chameleon. Often when aged it takes on a very rich body style and deep pepper notes, but when enjoyed young it can be as fresh and lively as any Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
The Speigel offering from RABL has notes of lime and pepper on the nose but my favorite part about the wine is the first sip. An unmistakably Austrian minerality explodes on the palate that is rarely seen on a wine of this price point.
This elegant wine is worth a shot so come on down and give it a try. It will give you goosebumps when this underdog gets put in the game late and makes the big play, ala Rudy. (A short man’s hero for the ages)