Wine Wednesday

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Clear some space in your fridge people, cause I’m telling you this is your new house white. So fancy, right?!…your own house wine! But seriously this Hungarian Grüner Veltliner from Trader Joe’s is one to keep on hand for a spur of the moment glass of wine with friends, a casual dinner party or even a glass after a long week of work. Grüner Veltliner is one of the leading grapes of Hungary, one they grow more than almost any other because it thrives in the cool climate. The wine is known for it’s crisp acidity and being completely dry. When something is dry it means it’s not sweet, off-dry means a little sweet…and if you ever need help just check out that handy sweetness spectrum found on the back of most wines from Hungary, Austria and Germany (you’d be surprised how many Rieslings are NOT sweet at all, or as they would be listed, completely dry). If you like crisp wines like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc this is a wonderful option to add to your lineup. It pairs beautifully with foods like white fish, briny shellfish, green veggies like asparagus and artichoke, spicy Asian cuisine (it helps cut the heat) and most cheeses. The best part is the price, around $6. That is less than a glass of wine at a restaurant or a fancy pants coffee these days. Give it a try and let me know what you think. If you’re in my hood stop on by because it’s definitely what I will be pouring. Cheers!

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