White Wine

Lustig, 2012 Gruner Veltliner, Austria

This affordable white gives newcomers to the varietal a good idea of the light, crisp style of Grüner Veltliner. The nose has sweet flowery aromas that seem faintly soapy (which explains why my mom makes me drink it when I say bad words). It possesses the telltale zesty acidity of Grüner Veltliner, but still comes across with some roundness in the palate. The subtle flavors fluctuate between orange and lemon. $10 – $12.

Rating: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

Schmid, 2011 Grüner Veltliner, Alte Reben, Austria

This crisp, high-acid white comes from Schmid’s old vines (alte reben). The nose possesses stony mineral aromas and lively scents of grapefruit and fresh lemon. The palate is clean and zesty with lemon meringue and subtle orange zest flavors. $28 – $30.

Rating: 3 Stars (3 / 5)